The International Water and Irrigation Journal is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity and originality in scholarly publishing. Plagiarism, in any form, is considered a serious ethical violation that undermines the credibility of research and compromises the integrity of the publication process. This policy outlines the journal's stance on plagiarism and the consequences for authors found in violation.
Definition of Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else's work, ideas, or intellectual property as one's own without proper attribution. This includes, but is not limited to, copying and pasting text, paraphrasing without proper citation, and reproducing images, tables, or graphs without permission or acknowledgment.
Detection of Plagiarism: The International Water and Irrigation Journal utilizes advanced plagiarism detection tools to screen all submitted manuscripts for potential instances of plagiarism. The editorial team, along with peer reviewers, carefully examines manuscripts to identify any form of unethical duplication.
Consequences of Plagiarism: If plagiarism is detected in a submitted manuscript, the following actions may be taken:
Immediate Rejection: Manuscripts found to contain significant instances of plagiarism may be rejected without further review.
Withdrawal of Published Articles: If plagiarism is identified post-publication, the article may be retracted or corrected, and a notice of the plagiarism may be published.
Author Sanctions: Authors found guilty of plagiarism may face sanctions, including being banned from submitting to the International Water and Irrigation Journal for a specified period.
Institutional Notification: In cases of severe plagiarism, the author's institution may be notified of the ethical breach.
Preventing Plagiarism: Authors are encouraged to take the following measures to avoid plagiarism:
Proper Citations: Clearly cite all sources, including text, figures, tables, and data, in accordance with the specified citation style.
Quotation Marks and Citations: Use quotation marks for verbatim text and provide appropriate citations.
Paraphrasing: When paraphrasing, ensure that the meaning of the original text is retained, and proper citation is provided.
Permissions: Obtain permissions for reproducing any copyrighted material and provide proper attribution.
Appeals and Complaints: Authors who believe their work has been wrongly accused of plagiarism may appeal the decision by contacting us. The journal will investigate the matter thoroughly and consider any evidence provided by the author.
The International Water and Irrigation Journal is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in scholarly publishing. We appreciate the cooperation of our authors in upholding these standards and ensuring the integrity of the research published in our journal.