Every paper submitted to the journal is first checked with iThenticate plagiarism screening software.
Where plagiarism is detected, the submitted manuscript is returned to the author and no further submission is allowed for that issue of the journal. This policy is strictly enforced.
10 main forms of plagiarism deemed unacceptable in submissions (Turnitin 2015)
- Submitting someone’s work as your own.
- Taking passages from your own previous work without adding citations (self-plagiarism).
- Re-writing someone’s work without properly citing sources.
- Using quotations but not citing the source.
- Interweaving various sources together in the work without citing.
- Citing some, but not all, passages that should be cited.
- Melding together cited and uncited sections of the piece.
- Providing proper citations, but failing to change the structure and wording of the borrowed ideas enough (close paraphrasing).
- Inaccurately citing a source.
- Relying too heavily on other people’s work, failing to bring original thought into the text.
For advice on avoiding plagiarism, please see this recent blog post from Dr Yvonne Masters, Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education.