Policy and Action for Plagiarism

Copying or plagiarising any work published in the Journal of Engineering Research and Application is a serious ethical violation. When a significant amount of text in a document is lifted verbatim from another source, this is called plagiarism. The journal uses Plagiarism Detection Software to check the originality of every manuscript submitted for publication. Any submission to the journal that undergoes an initial examination and is found to contain plagiarised material will be immediately discarded. We do not accept any content that has been plagiarised.

Plagiarism Checker’s threshold for rejection is a similarity index of 25% and a plagiarism rate in the cited references of 10% or higher; in these cases, the paper is returned to the author for correction. A preliminary investigation will be conducted by the Editor-in-Chief, maybe with the assistance of an appropriate committee formed for the purpose, if plagiarism is discovered in a published manuscript after publication.

If the level of plagiarism is too high, the journal will notify the author’s institution and the funding agency, if applicable. When misbehaviour is determined, the journal will publish a statement that is both online and bi-directionally linked to the plagiarised material and the original publication. Each individual PDF page of the plagiarised document will likewise be flagged. It’s possible the paper will be formally retracted once the level of plagiarism is established.

Cases of Plagiarism

The following forms of plagiarism are taken into account by the journal:

Full Plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs when material that has already been published is used word for word, concept for idea, and grammar for grammar. Plagiarism is the practise of presenting another person’s words as though they were your own.

Partial Plagiarism: Partially plagiarised work is one in which the author uses bits and pieces of information from several distinct sources without properly attributing them.

Self-Plagiarism: Self-plagiarism occurs when an author uses all or part of their own previously published research. When an author republishes their own previously published work in a new journal, this is an extreme case of self-plagiarism.
The editors of JERA value the creative output of its contributors and are committed to doing what they can to safeguard and promote their work. Plagiarized manuscripts fail to meet the criteria of originality, research, and quality. Therefore, it is imperative that all writers submitting articles to the journal adhere to ethical norms and avoid any type of plagiarism. If the journal suspects plagiarism in a submitted or published work, it will notify the author(s) and ask for an explanation within two weeks; this information may be sent to a Special Committee formed for the purpose. In the event that the journal does not hear from the author within the allotted time frame, the Director, Dean, or Head of the relevant College, Institution, or Organization, or the Vice Chancellor of the relevant University, to which the author is attached, shall be informed to take appropriate disciplinary action.
If a published article is found to include plagiarised material after it has been published, JERA will delete it immediately from the Journal’s website as well as any other indexes or databases that may have the work listed or indexed. Any time a claim of plagiarism is made against a publication in the Journal of Engineering Research and Application’s database, the publication immediately sets up a Plagiarism Investigation Committee. If it is determined that the manuscript contains plagiarised material from another source, JERA will stand with the original author and manuscript no matter the publication and may take any of the following immediate actions or continue down the additional path of action advised by the committee:

The JERA editorial board will get in touch with the relevant Director, Dean, or Head of the relevant College, Institution, or Organization, or Vice Chancellor of the relevant University, where the author(s) are affiliated, and request that quick and severe action be taken against the relevant author(s). Once the paper has been published, JERA will take down the PDF and any active links to the full text publication. To the name of the published manuscript, add the words “Plagiarized Manuscript.”

JERA will deactivate the author account with the journal, and the journal will not consider any contributions the author makes in the future for a period of four, six, or fifteen years, or it may even permanently ban the author. In addition, JERA may publish the names and complete contact information of such authors on the journal’s website.

Any alternative course of action suggested by the Committee, judged appropriate in this instance, or chosen by the Editorial Board at any given time.
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