- Integrative Medicine Case Report (IMCR) follows the strict policy in case of plagiarism within its purview. Before, during, or after the publication process if the editorial board member, reviewer, author, etc detects any element of plagiarism; the authors are advised to provide proper citations. An article plagiarized by more than 10% is summarily rejected and the author is informed the same.
- If more than 10% plagiarism is detected, the manuscript will be rejected without the review process so the authors are advised to revised and resubmit the manuscript.
- The Journal requests to our readers if they come across any instance of plagiarism; they are requested to provide sufficient information to the editorial office .
- The manuscript which clears the review process and gets published in the journal but later on detected to plagiarized content, the author’s office is contacted and article may be formally retracted.
- Anti-plagiarism software is employed to check the originality of an article. The manuscript that is submitted is understood to be unpublished work and is not considered for publication elsewhere. Duplicate publication of the submitted manuscript in whole or in parts will be considered as breaching of plagiarism policy and is not welcome by the journal and it is violates the laws of copyright. The plagiarism is also extended to figures, tables, equations or illustrations, direct downloads from the internet without proper acknowledgement to the sources from which they are taken.
- Sometimes, the authors are in danger of committing self-plagiarism. It refers to the reuse of one’s own copyrighted material without proper attribution to the original source. If a categorical reference is made to previously published work or the exact sentences are cited in quotation marks, it is one’s own responsibility to clearly demarcate the differences between paraphrasing and quoting exact words and citing with proper references.
If detected the Plagiarism
- The author for the article in question is contacted with supporting evidence and asked for a response.
- If the authors are found guilty of plagiarism, the Journal official retraction of the paper.
- The Journal will not consider the author’s any publications in the future for a period of 3 years.
- The authors are required to acknowledge that they are well aware of Integrative Medicine Case Reports policy on plagiarism before they make the article’s copyright transfer agreement.
- Different types of plagiarism are explained based on the extent, originality of the copied material, context, referencing, intention, author seniority and language. The Journal responses to plagiarism include educating authors, contacting authors’ institutions, issuing corrections and issuing retractions.
- The Editor provides the following documentation in response to the plagiarized work: manuscript title; the list of the authors; the title of ideas; list of creators and date of creation; copies of both the manuscripts; full name and address of the complainant.
- The charge of the plagiarism, the supporting materials and the outcomes remain confidential and are known to only those who are involved in the review process.
- The sanctions on the plagiarized manuscript include ban from the submission to Integrative Medicine Case Reports for a period of time; and the author authors are asked to write a letter of apology to admit the act of plagiarism and penalties are invoked for providing U.S. Copyright law allows a copyright owner to seek a maximum of Rs.150,000 in damages upon a determination of willful infringement of copyright.