Plagiarism & Fabrication Policy
Plagiarism as per NJHS for authors: Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut-and-pasted.
- Verbatim copying, near-verbatim copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s paper or unpublished report without citing the exact reference.
- Copying elements of another author’s paper, such as equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge or copying or purposely paraphrasing sentences without citing the source.
- Verbatim copying portions of another author’s paper or from reports by citing but not clearly differentiating what text has been copied (e.g. not applying quotation marks correctly) and /or not citing the source correctly.
- Self-plagiarism, that is, the verbatim or near-verbatim re-use of significant portions of one’s own copyrighted work without citing the original source.
Such type of manuscripts will not be considered for publication in NJHS journal. Minor plagiarism content without dishonest objective is moderately frequent, for e.g., if an author reuse part of an introduction from an earlier paper. The editors of the journal judge any case of which they become aware (either by reading about the literature or their own knowledge of the literature, or if it is alerted by the referees).
Therefore it is the main responsibility of institutions, organizations, researchers, authors including co-authors to make sure that the papers that are submitted for publication should attain the highest ethical standards with reverence to plagiarism when submitting a paper in a journal.
Precise process is usually followed to manage a case of fabrication and plagiarism. NJHS follows the guidelines of The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). In such cases of alleged plagiarism in an article that is to be published in the journal following rules are followed:
- The article is compared and the degree of copying is checked.
- All the editors of NJHS are asked for the comments.
- Corresponding author contacted and questioned with the documentary evidence and a response request is generated.
If the author is found guilty of fabrication and plagiarism the paper will be declined from acceptance in the journal.
NJHS will not be able to publish any article by the authors/co-authors for a period of 5 years. Such articles will be notified to the competent authorities.