Plagiarism Policy and Misconduct

Plagiarism Policy

Jitu's Journal Editorial Team acknowledges that plagiarism is unacceptable and has established the following policy detailing specific actions (penalties) to be taken when plagiarism is found in an article submitted for publication in JITU journal.

Definition: Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit or value for scientific work by citing any or all of another party's work and/or scientific work recognized as its scientific work, without appropriately and fully indicating the source.

For that, then: Articles must be original, have never been published and are not currently being evaluated for publication elsewhere. Material acquired verbally from other sources must be clearly noted to distinguish it from the original text. The journals use industry-standard software "Turnitin" to verify all submissions for plagiarism, and if plagiarism is discovered during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. In cases where plagiarism is discovered after publication, an investigation will be conducted, and appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the journals' policies.

If plagiarism is revealed, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for reviewing the article and will approve the action based on the level of the plagiarism revealed, according to the rules below:

Plagiarism Level

  • Plagiarizing some short sentences from other articles without mentioning the source, the author is given a warning and request to change the text and quote correctly.

  • Plagiarized most other articles without proper citations and did not mention the source, submitted articles are rejected for publication in JITU journals and authors may be sanctioned for not being allowed publication in JITU journals.

All authors are responsible for the content of the articles they submit. If the article is found to be plagiarized, all authors will face the same punishment. If it is confirmed that the author submitted a paper to JITU journal while also submitting it to other journals, and this overlap is found during the reviewer process or after publication, action is taken following point 2 above. If plagiarism is discovered outside the above-mentioned standards, the editor of JITU Journal has the authority to impose punishments following the editor's team's policy.

Deals of Misconduct

The Editor-in-Chief considers retracting a publication if the following criteria are met:

  • They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable either because of a major error (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error), or because of fabrication (e.g., of data) or falsification (e.g., image manipulation). It constitutes plagiarism.
  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication). It contains material or data without authorization for use.
  • Copyright has been infringed, or there is some other severe legal issue (e.g. libel, privacy). Reports unethical research. It has been published solely on the basis of a compromised or manipulated peer review process.
  • The author(s) failed to disclose a major conflict of interest that, in the editor's view, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.

Notices of retraction should:

  • Link to the retracted article wherever possible (i.e., in all online versions).
  • Clearly identify the retracted article (e.g., by including the title and authors in the retraction heading or citing the retracted article).
  • Be clearly identified as a retraction (i.e., distinct from other types of correction or comment).
  • Publish quickly to minimize harmful effects.
  • Be freely available to all readers (i.e., not behind access barriers or available only to subscribers).
  • Identify who is retracting the article.
  • Indicate the reason(s) for the retraction.
  • Be objective and factual and avoid inflammatory language.

Retractions are usually not appropriate if:

  • The authorship is disputed, but there is no reason to doubt the validity of the findings.
  • The main findings of the work are still reliable, and correction could adequately address errors or concerns.
  • An editor has inconclusive evidence to support the retraction or is awaiting additional information, such as from an institutional investigation.
  • Author conflicts of interest have been reported to the journal after publication, but in the editor's view, these are not likely to have influenced interpretations or recommendations, or the conclusions of the article.