Plagiarism policy of GPCL’s journals

In the pursuit of advancing scholarly knowledge and fostering intellectual honesty, Genesis Publishing Consortium Limited (GPCL) has established a robust plagiarism policy. This policy serves as a cornerstone in upholding the highest standards of academic integrity in all publications under GPCL. Plagiarism, in any form, is deemed a serious violation of these standards, and GPCL is committed to implementing strict measures to ensure the originality of all published work.

Defining plagiarism

Plagiarism takes various forms, and GPCL is diligent in recognizing and addressing each manifestation. The following acts are explicitly identified as constituting plagiarism under our policy,

Direct copying: Replicating text, data, or ideas from another source, including published papers, without proper citation.

Paraphrasing without acknowledgment: Rehashing someone else’s work without giving proper credit.

Self-plagiarism: Reusing one’s previously published work without appropriate citation and permission.

Verbatim or near-verbatim translation: Translating text from another language without proper citation.

Unauthorized use of intellectual property: Incorporating images, figures, tables, or any intellectual property without proper attribution.

This broad definition ensures that the policy comprehensively addresses the various nuances of plagiarism that may arise in scholarly publications.

Consequences of plagiarism

Maintaining the highest ethical standards is paramount in scholarly publishing. GPCL’s Plagiarism Policy outlines clear consequences for authors found guilty of plagiarism, reflecting the severity and extent of the misconduct:

Highlighting plagiarized content: Detected instances of plagiarism are brought to the authors’ attention for clarification or correction.

Rejection or revision: The extent and severity of plagiarism determine whether a manuscript is outright rejected or sent back to authors for necessary revisions.

Institutional notification: In cases of serious or repeated plagiarism, GPCL may notify the authors’ institutions or funding agencies, ensuring accountability at the institutional level.

Permanent rejection or post-publication retraction: Depending on the gravity of plagiarism, manuscripts may face permanent rejection or, in severe cases, post-publication retraction.

Author ban: Authors found guilty may face a temporary or permanent ban from submitting to GPCL and may be subject to additional actions deemed necessary to uphold academic integrity.

These consequences are structured to ensure that the policy acts as both a deterrent and a corrective measure, fostering an environment where scholarly contributions are characterized by authenticity and integrity.

Prevention measures

At GPCL, we believe in proactive measures to prevent plagiarism. Authors submitting to GPCL journals are strongly encouraged to take the following steps:

Clear citation and referencing: Meticulously cite and reference all sources used in the manuscript, providing a transparent trail of the scholarly lineage.

Appropriate attribution: Properly attribute quoted or paraphrased content to the original source, respecting intellectual contributions.

Permission for copyrighted material: Seek permission for the use of copyrighted material, ensuring compliance with legal and ethical standards.

Avoiding self-plagiarism: Authors should cite and reference their prior work used in the manuscript, avoiding the reuse of content without proper acknowledgment.

Plagiarism detection software: Utilize plagiarism detection software to conduct a thorough check of the manuscript before submission, identifying and rectifying any potential issues.

Repository-induced plagiarism guidelines

In an era where repository deposition of theses or manuscripts is common, GPCL recognizes the need for specific guidelines to prevent repository-induced plagiarism,

Citation and attribution: Properly cite and attribute the repository where the manuscript or thesis was initially deposited, including mentioning the DOI if available. This ensures transparency and acknowledgment of the repository’s role.

Originality and copyright assurance: Authors are responsible for ensuring that material deposited in repositories, including manuscripts or theses, is their original work or complies with copyright and licensing agreements. Explicit permission must be obtained for any non-original content.

Paraphrasing and attribution: In cases where authors reuse portions of text or content from their previously deposited work, they must rephrase or paraphrase the content and provide clear attribution to the original repository deposit.

Submission clarification: During the manuscript submission process, authors must transparently state in the cover letter if the manuscript or thesis has been deposited in a repository. This information is vital for ensuring an ethical and transparent review process.

These guidelines provide a structured approach for authors, ensuring that repository deposition is conducted ethically and transparently.

Similarity index

GPCL’s journals utilize iThenticate/Turnitin for plagiarism detection. Authors are encouraged to provide accurate citations and exercise caution in the use of words and sentences to minimize similarity. GPCL’s journals maintain a policy of accepting a similarity index of less than 20% concerning other published materials, with the matched content dispersed throughout the manuscript.

Plagiarism policy

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