Plagiarism Policy

IEJST uses Turnitin software to detect text similarity and potential plagiarism in submitted manuscripts. Submitted manuscripts must have a similarity score below 25%. Authors are also required to include a plagiarism-free statement.

  1. Plagiarism Check Process:

Turnitin software checks the manuscript content against a comprehensive database of periodicals, the internet, and articles. The generated similarity report highlights the percentage of overlap between the uploaded article and published material. Any instance of content overlap is further scrutinized for suspected plagiarism according to the publisher’s editorial policies.

  1. Low Text Similarity:

Manuscripts with an overall low similarity percentage but high similarity from a single source will be returned to the authors for paraphrasing and proper citation of the original source. Even if the overall similarity is low, if most of the article is a combination of copied material, it will be considered plagiarized content.

  1. High Text Similarity:

Manuscripts with low overall similarity but a high percentage of similarity from a single source (e.g., less than 20% overall but 15% from one article) will also be returned for revision. Authors must thoroughly rephrase the similar text and properly cite the original source to avoid plagiarism and copyright violation.

  1. Types of Plagiarism:
    • Reproduction of Others' Words/Sentences: Using others' words, sentences, ideas, or findings as one's own without proper acknowledgment.
    • Text Recycling (Self-Plagiarism): Using previous publications in another paper without proper citation and acknowledgment.
    • Poor Paraphrasing: Copying complete paragraphs and modifying a few words without changing the original structure or changing the structure but not the words.
    • Verbatim Copying: Copying text without quotation marks and without acknowledging the original author.
    • Improper Citation: Properly citing a work but poorly paraphrasing the original text is considered unintentional plagiarism. Authors should either paraphrase properly or quote directly, with appropriate citation.