Plagiarism is the unethical act of copying someone else’s prior ideas, processes, results or words without explicit acknowledgement of the original author and source. Self-plagiarism occurs when an author utilizes large part of his/her own previously published work without using appropriate references. This can range from getting the same manuscript published in multiple journals to modifying a previously published manuscript with some new data.
International Journal of research in engineering and innovation (IJREI) having e-ISSN 2456-6934, bi-monthly peer reviewed international journal. This journal is strictly against any unscrupulous act of copying or plagiarism in any kind of form. All manuscripts which are submitted in IJREI would be cross checked by Turnitin software. If manuscript founds to be plagiarized/similarity indexed more than 20% during initial stage of review will not be considered for publication in the IJREI. If the manuscript is found to be plagiarized beyond the acceptable limits, the journal will contact the author’s Institute / College / University and Funding Agency, if any. A determination of misconduct will lead IJREI to run a statement bi-directionally linked online to and from the original paper, to note the plagiarism and provide a reference to the plagiarized material. The paper containing the plagiarism will also be marked on each page of the PDF. Upon determination of the extent of plagiarism, the paper may also be formally withdrawn.
How is plagiarism handled?
The manuscripts or papers in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the following extent of the plagiarism.
>20 % Plagiarism: The manuscript will be accepted for reviewing process and assign manuscript ID
30 < Plagiarism < 20: The manuscript will not be given an ID and the manuscript is sent back to author for content revision
>30% Plagiarism: The manuscript will be rejected without the review. The authors are advised to revise the manuscript and resubmit the manuscript.
The following types of plagiarism are considered by International Journal of Research in Engineering and Innovation (IJREI).
1. Full Plagiarism
Previously published content without any changes to the text, idea and grammar is considered as full plagiarism. It involves presenting exact text from a source as one’s own.
2. Partial Plagiarism
If content is a mixture from multiple different sources, where the author has extensively rephrased text, then it is known as partial plagiarism.
When an author reuses complete or portions of their pre-published research, then it is known as self-plagiarism. Complete self-plagiarism is a case when an author republishes their own previously published work in a new journal.
Policy and Action for Plagiarism
IJREI respects intellectual property and aims at protecting and promoting original work of its authors. Manuscripts containing plagiarized material are against the standards of quality, research and innovation. Hence, all authors submitting articles to IJREI are expected to abide ethical standards and abstain from plagiarism, in any form. In case, an author is found to be suspected of plagiarism in a submitted or published manuscript then, IJREI shall contact the author (s) to submit his / her (their) explanation within two weeks, which may be forwarded to the Fact Finding Committee (FFC) constituted for the purpose, for further course of action. If IJREI does not receive any response from the author within the stipulated time period, then the Director / Dean / Head of the concerned College, Institution or Organization or the Vice Chancellor of the University to which the author is affiliated shall be contacted to take strict action against the concerned author.
IJREI shall take serious action against published manuscripts found to contain plagiarism and shall completely remove them from IJREI website and other third party websites where the paper is listed and indexed. The moment, any article published in IJREI database is reported to be plagiarized, IJREI will constitute a Fact Finding Committee (FFC) to investigate the same. Upon having established that the manuscript is plagiarized from some previously published work IJREI shall support the original author and manuscript irrespective of the publisher and may take any or all of the following immediate actions or follow the additional course of actions as recommended by the committee:
· IJREI editorial office shall immediately contact the Director / Dean / Head of the concerned College, Institution or Organization or the Vice Chancellor of the University to which the author(s) is (are) affiliated to take strict action against the concerned author.
· IJREI shall remove the PDF copy of the published manuscript from the website and disable all links to full text article. The term Plagiarized Manuscript shall be appended to the published manuscript title.
· IJREI shall disable the author account with the journal and reject all future submissions from the author for a period of 03 / 05 / 10 years or even ban the authors permanently.
· IJREI may also display the list of such authors along with their full contact details on the journal website.
· Any other course of action, as recommended by the Committee or as deemed fit for the instant case or as decided by the Editorial Board, from time to time