Misconduct & Plagiarism
1.Dealing with allegations of misconduct
Management & Economics Research Journal adheres to the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines regarding misconduct and retractions. We take ethical allegations very seriously and believe it is our responsibility to maintain the integrity of the scientific record as far as possible.
Our relationship with our authors is based on trust and we publish submitted material in good faith. However, if a possible breach of ethics is brought to our attention, we will refer the case to our Fact-Finding Committee The Committee includes representation from our legal department, as well as senior management and editorial staff. The Committee may seek advice from the journal’s Editorial Board and may need to escalate an investigation to the author’s institution(s) for further information. The Committee will decide the most appropriate course of action to take according to industry guidelines and advise on any corrections (including retractions) that may be required to the published record.
- -Misconduct investigations are sensitive and can take time
- -Management & Economics Research Journal has the right to contact an individual’s institution regarding allegations of misconduct, according to the COPE Guidelines
- -Management & Economics Research reserves the right not to work with anyone who is abusive to our staff, authors, reviewers or editors
To report any concerns relating to potential misconduct, please contact the editorial office for Management & Economics Research Journal. You can find contact information here. We follow the COPE guidelines on responding to whistleblowers, which includes protecting your anonymity.
2.1.What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the unethical act of copying someone else’s prior ideas, processes, results or words without explicit acknowledgement of the original author and source. Self-plagiarism occurs when an author utilizes large part of his/her own previously published work without using appropriate references. This can range from getting the same manuscript published in multiple journals to modifying a previously published manuscript with some new data.
The journal is strictly against any unethical act of copying or plagiarism in any form. Plagiarism is said to have occurred when large portions of a manuscript have been copied from existing previously published resources. All manuscripts submitted for publication to Management & Economics Research Journal are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate (is a plagiarism detection service for the corporate market, from Turnitin, LLC).
2.2.Types of Plagiarism policy
The following types of plagiarism are considered by Management & Economics Research Journal:
Previously published content without any changes to the text, idea and grammar is considered as full plagiarism. It involves presenting exact text from a source as one’s own.
If the content is a mixture of multiple different sources, where the author has extensively rephrased text, then it is known as partial plagiarism.
When an author reuses complete or portions of their pre-published research, then it is known as self-plagiarism. Complete self-plagiarism is a case when an author republishes their own previously published work in a new journal.
Management & Economics Research Journal practices Zero tolerance towards plagiarism. We use Turnitin to evaluate the similarity index and then the editor decides the case of possible plagiarism (Similarity report will be provided to the author). The editorial board has passed the following actions:
2.3.1.Similarity Index above 40%
Article Rejected (due to poor citation and/or poor paraphrasing, article outright rejected, NO RESUBMISSION accepted).
2.3.2.Similarity Index (20-40%)
Send to the author for improvement (provide correct citations to all places of similarity and do good paraphrasing even if the citation is provided).
2.3.3.Similarity index Less than 20%
Accepted or citation improvement may be required (proper citations must be provided to all outsourced texts).
In cases 2.3.2. and 2.3.3. the authors should revise the article carefully, add required citations, and do good paraphrasing to outsourced text. And resubmit the article with a new Turnitin or iThenticate report showing NO PLAGIARISM and a similarity less than 20%.
2.4.Policy and Action for Plagiarism
Management & Economics Research Journal respects intellectual property and aims at protecting and promoting the original work of its authors. Manuscripts containing plagiarized material are against the standards of quality, research and innovation. Hence, all authors submitting articles to Management & Economics Research Journal are expected to abide by ethical standards and abstain from plagiarism, in any form.
In case, an author is found to be suspected of plagiarism in a submitted or published manuscript then, Management & Economics Research Journal shall contact the author (s) to submit his/her (their) explanation within two weeks. If Management & Economics Research Journal does not receive any response from the author within the stipulated time period, then the Director / Dean / Head of the concerned College, Institution or Organization or the Vice-Chancellor of the University to which the author is affiliated shall be contacted to take strict action against the concerned author.
Management & Economics Research Journal shall take serious action against published manuscripts found to contain plagiarism and shall completely remove them from Management & Economics Research Journal website and other third party websites where the paper is listed and indexed. The moment, any article published in Management & Economics Research Journal database is reported to be plagiarized, Management & Economics Research Journal will constitute a Fact-Finding Committee to investigate the same. Upon having established that the manuscript is plagiarized from some previously published work, Management & Economics Research Journal shall support the original author and manuscript irrespective of the publisher and may take any or all of the following immediate actions or follow the additional course of actions as recommended by the committee:
- -Manuscripts found to be plagiarized during the initial stages of review are out-rightly rejected and not considered for publication in the journal, and Management & Economics Research Journal editorial office shall immediately contact the Director/Dean/Head of the concerned College, Institution or Organization or the Vice-Chancellor of the University to which the author(s) is (are) affiliated to take strict action against the concerned author.
- -In case a manuscript is found to be plagiarized after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will conduct a preliminary investigation, maybe with the help of a suitable committee constituted for the purpose. If the manuscript is found to be plagiarized beyond the acceptable limits, the journal will contact the author’s Institute / College / University and Funding Agency, if any. A determination of misconduct will lead Management & Economics Research Journal to run a statement bidirectionally linked online to and from the original paper, to note the plagiarism and provide a reference to the plagiarized material. The paper containing the plagiarism will also be marked on each page of the PDF. Upon determination of the extent of plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.
- -Management & Economics Research Journal shall remove the PDF copy of the published manuscript from the website and disable all links to the full-text article. The term Plagiarized Manuscript shall be appended to the published manuscript title.
- -Management & Economics Research Journal shall disable the author account with the journal and reject all future submissions from the author for a period from 3 to 10 years or even ban the authors permanently.
- -Management & Economics Research Journal may also display the list of such authors along with their full contact details on the Management & Economics Research Journal website.
- -Any other course of action, as recommended by the Committee or as deemed fit for the instant case or as decided by the Editorial Board, from time to time.