Guideline for Editors in case plagiarism is discovered Post-Publication
Typically, readers identify instances of duplication and inform the concerned editor. The editor gratefully acknowledges the complaint and encourages readers to provide documentary evidence (if possible) to facilitate appropriate action. The editor verifies the claim and determines the extent of duplication, classifying the research text/paper into three categories:
- Major (intolerable)
- Minor (acceptable with correction)
- Minute (negligible)
A significant portion of the text/paper is duplicated without providing a cross-reference to the original publication, merely changing names or locations.
Author(s) Don't Respond
Minor (acceptable with correction)
If the editor is convinced that it is a case of minor error,
The editor contacts the concerned author(s), expressing displeasure.
The editor insists that the author(s) either remove the duplicated content or provide a cross-reference to the original publication.
The editor contacts the concerned author(s) and recommends they supply a cross-reference for the translated or duplicated data.
Finally, the editor conveys the conclusions and actions taken to the concerned readers