Plagiarism can occur in 2 forms:
I) Author(s) intentionally copy someone else work and claim it as their own, or
II) Author(s) copy her/his previously published own matter either in full or in part, without providing appropriate references- also known as self-plagiarism or duplicate plagiarism.
Plagiarism before publishing:
Research Journal of Life Sciences, Bioinformatics, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences (RJLBPCS) publisher will judge any case of plagiarism on its limits. If plagiarism is detected by the editorial board members (reviewer/editor/others staffs etc), in any stage of article process before or after acceptance, during editing or at page proof stage. We will alert the same to the author(s) and will say to rewrite the content or to cite the references from where the content has been taken. If more than 25% of the paper is plagiarized- the article may be rejected and the same is notified to the author(s).
When does the plagiarism check done?
All the submitted articles for publication are checked for plagiarism after submission and before starting review process.
How is plagiarism handled?
The articles in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of the plagiarism.
<5% Plagiarism: The article will be given an ID and the article is sent to author for content revision.
5-30% Plagiarism: The article will not be given an ID and the article is sent back to author for content revision.
>30% Plagiarism: The article will be rejected without the started further process. The authors are advised to revise the article and resubmit the article.
Why articles with >30% plagiarism is rejected:
If the plagiarism is detected more than 30% in any article(s), it is found that the authors are very unlikely to revise the article and submit the revised version. However, authors are welcome to do the required revisions and again submit the article as a new submission.
What can you do if you come across a case of Plagiarism in any Journal from any Publisher?
If you come across a case of plagiarism in any journal from any publisher, please do inform the editorial board office(s) of all the involved journals, giving them the journal names, title of articles, name of authors, volume number, issue number, year of publication and any other information that you have. The editorial board office(s) will handle the cases as per their policy.
What if Plagiarism detected after publication
If plagiarism is detected after publication, the Journals will conduct an investigation/meeting. If plagiarism is found, the journal editorial board office will contact the author's institute and funding agencies. The article containing the plagiarism will be marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.
By submitting Author(s) article to the journal it is understood that it is an original article and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Articles submitted to the journal may be checked for originality by using anti-plagiarism software.
Plagiarism misrepresents ideas, words, and other creative expression as one's own. Plagiarism represents the violation of copyright law. Plagiarism appears in different forms.
1) Copying the exact content from the other source. Purposely using portions of another author's paper.
2) Copying elements of another author's paper, such as figures, tables, equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge, or copying or purposely using sentences without citing the source.
3) Using text downloaded from the internet
4) Copying or downloading figures, photographs, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources
Acknowledging Author(s) Sources
Self-plagiarism is a related issue. In this document we define self-plagiarism as the verbatim or near-verbatim reuse of significant portions of one's own copyrighted work without citing the original source. Note that self-plagiarism does not apply to publications based on the author's own previously copyrighted work (e.g., appearing in a conference proceedings) where an explicit reference is made to the prior publication. Such reuse does not require quotation marks to delineate the reuse text but does require that the source be cited.
Accidental or Unintentional
One may not even know that they are plagiarizing. It is the author(s) whose responsibility is to make certain that they understand the difference between quoting and paraphrasing, as well as the proper way to cite material.
Here, author(s) are well aware that they are plagiarizing. Purposefully using someone else's ideas or work without proper acknowledgment is plagiarism. This includes turning in borrowed or bought research papers as one's own.
Turning in the same term paper (or substantially the same article) for two courses without getting permission from one's instructor is plagiarism.