1. Plagiarism refers to intentional copying of others work without proper attribution or without providing for appropriate references.
2. JRBCS follows strictly her policy on plagiarism within her purview.
3. The submitted manuscript will be checked for the plagiarism before starting the review process.
4. If plagiarism is detected by the editor and or reviewer before, during or after the publication process; the author will be advised to provide proper citations.
5. If an article is plagiarized more than 25%, it will be rejected and the author will be informed the same.
6. If < 5% plagiarism is detected the manuscript will be provided an ID and then sent for revision and if it is in between 5% to 30%, the manuscript will be sent back to the author, but the manuscript will not be given an ID. If more than 30% plagiarism is detected, the manuscript will be rejected without review process and the authors will be advised to revise and resubmit the manuscript.
7. The JRBCS request readers who detect any instance of plagiarism, to provide sufficient information to the editorial office giving details such as the journal name, manuscript title, volume number, issue number, year of publication or any other information which may be of interest to the journal.
8. The manuscript which clears the review process and gets published in the journal but later on detected to contain plagiarized content, the author’s office, and funding agencies will be contacted. Each page of the PDF is marked and based on the extent of plagiarism; the article may be formally retracted.
9. Anti-plagiarism software is employed by the editor of JRBCS 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 The manuscript that is submitted is understood to be unpublished work and is not considered for publication elsewhere.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 a breaching of plagiarism policy and is not welcome by the journal. Plagiarism also essentially violates the laws of copyright and one’s original ideas, words and the unique expressions are seriously ill-represented. The plagiarism is also extended to figures, tables, equations or illustrations, direct downloads from the internet without proper acknowledgment to the sources from which they are taken.
10. The authors may sometimes be 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 clearly separates it from the rest of the content and doesn’t create any ambiguity. At times, the authors may not be aware that they are plagiarizing the content; nevertheless, it is one’s own responsibility to clearly demarcate the differences between paraphrasing and quoting exact words and citing with proper references. At times, the authors knowingly borrow the ideas, contents from the other authors which constitutes blatant plagiarism. Sometimes, the authors resort to much more devious means such as salami-slicing where the authors extract small amounts of data in increments from the previously published articles.
If you suspect or detect plagiarism in a published article
1. You are advised to follow the reporting format as described.
2. The extent will be evaluated.
3. The Editorial Board will be informed their feedback sorted.
4. The author in question will be contacted with supporting evidence and response requested.
5. If the authors are found guilty of plagiarism, JRBCS shall publish an official retraction of the paper.
6. JRBCS will not consider any of the author’s future publications for a period of 5 years.
7. The authors are required to acknowledge that they are well aware of JRBCS policy on plagiarism before they make article’s copyright transfer agreement.
8. Different types of plagiarism are based on the extent, originality of the copied material, context, referencing and intentions. The Journal responses to plagiarism include educating authors, contacting authors’ institutions, issuing corrections and issuing retractions.
9. The Editor shall provide the following in response to the plagiarized work: the description of the alleged misconduct; manuscript title; the list of the authors; the title of ideas; list of creators and date of creation; copies of both manuscripts; full name and address of the complainant.
10. 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.
11. The sanctions on the plagiarized manuscript include a ban from the submission to JRBCS for a period of time. The authors will be asked to write a letter of apology to the author of the plagiarized article and admitting to the act of plagiarism. In the event of denial from the author of plagiarism charges, penalties brothering on violation of Copyright law are invoked. The copyright law allows a copyright owner to seek maximum compensation in damages upon a determination of willful infringement of copyright.