Guideline for Editors in case of Suspected Plagiarism in Manuscripts
The editor assesses the extent of copying/plagiarism and classifies it into four categories:
- Major plagiarism
- Minor plagiarism
- Self-plagiarism (copying from the author's own work)
- Negligible plagiarism
When the text/paper is entirely or substantially copied without crediting the original author, the editor takes the following actions:
Applies when only idioms or slogans are copied. Though not considered a severe offense, the editor contacts the author to express displeasure and, to maintain the journal's reputation, insists the author either rewrites the idioms/slogans or cites the original writer/author/publication.
The editor contacts the author to provide proper self-references.
Negligible Plagiarism: The editor approves the submission and informs the peer reviewer to proceed.