Plagiarism is not allowed; hence the IJHI board has established the following policy, which outlines precise actions (penalties) that will be taken if plagiarism is discovered in an article submitted for publication in the IJHI. Turnitin Software will be used to do a pre-screening plagiarism check on all manuscripts. When the paper is received, the editor will begin the screening process.
Plagiarism is defined as "the use or close replication of another author's language and thoughts and their portrayal as one's own original work."
Policy: Papers must be unpublished and not in the process of being published elsewhere. Any information obtained verbatim from another source must be distinguished from the present original content by (1) indentation, (2) quote marks, and (3) source identification. Any document that exceeds fair use standards (defined as more than two or three sentences or the equivalent) or any graphic material reproduced from another source requires permission from the copyright holder and, if possible, the original author(s), as well as identification of the source; for example, previous publication. When plagiarism is discovered, the Editor Chief in charge of this paper's review will agree on measures based on the degree of plagiarism found in the article, under the following guidelines:
- Minor: A brief piece of another study is plagiarized, but no substantial facts or ideas from the other research are used. The writers are warned and asked to modify the text and correctly cite the source article.
- Intermediate: A substantial amount of a paper is plagiarized without citation to the original source. The essay is rejected, and the authors are barred from submitting any more articles for a year.
- Extreme: Plagiarism occurs when a significant amount of a manuscript is plagiarized by replicating original results or ideas from another publication. The work is rejected, and the authors are barred from submitting any more articles for the next five years.
Because all authors checked the IJHI Checklist Form, it is accepted that they are all accountable for the content of their submitted work. If a plagiarism penalty is levied, all authors will face the same punishment.
Suppose the Editorial board (Editor-in-Chief and Editorial members) and the Chair of the Editor in Chief identify the second incidence of plagiarism by the same author(s). In that case, the Editorial board (Editor-in-Chief and Editorial members) will decide on the measures to be implemented. The author(s) may never be able to submit another article. This guideline also applies to material copied from another author's publication (s). The related paragraphs or data should be recognized if an author uses previously published text or figures, and the initial publication should be referenced. It is accepted that much of the material in a review article or a tutorial piece has previously been published.
The author should track down the source of previously published information and seek permission from the author and the publisher. If an author submits a manuscript to IJHI that has significant overlap with a document simultaneously submitted to another journal, and the overlap is discovered during the review process or after both papers have been published, the editor of the other journal is notified, and the case is treated as a serious plagiarism case. For one half or more of the article, significant overlap involves using identical or almost similar figures and identical or barely modified text. The case will be classified as intermediate plagiarism if the self-plagiarism is less than half of the document but more than one-tenth of the piece. When self-plagiarism occurs just in the techniques section, it is considered small plagiarism.
If an author uses previously published material to explain the presence of new data, the previously published work must be identified and the differences between it and the current publication. The copyright holder must grant permission for republishing. The authors must identify the name of the conference proceedings and the date of printing and obtain permission to republish from the copyright holder in the case of a manuscript originally published in conference proceedings and then submitted for publication in IJHI either in identical or expanded form. This paper may or may not be accepted for publication by the editor.
However, an author may use content from an unpublished presentation in a subsequent journal article, including visual demonstrations. When submitting a manuscript that was previously published in another language, the authors must identify the title, date, and journal of the original publication and obtain copyright. The editor may accept such a translated release in order to bring it to a wider audience's attention. The editor may choose to republish a previously published paper (e.g., a "historical" piece) in order to provide a greater perspective on a sequence of articles published in a single issue of IJHI. This is a republication, and it must be identified as such, with the date and journal of the original publication. Securing the author(s) and publisher's permissions is necessary.
The journal's IJHI layout editor keeps track of the list of authors who are subject to penalties and will ensure that no authors of a submitted paper are on that list. If a banned author is discovered, the layout editor will notify the Editor-in-Chief, who will take the necessary action.