Plagiarism is the unethical and illegal act of copying someone else’s prior ideas, processes, results, or words without explicit acknowledgment of the original author and source. The journal of Water Engineering and Management (online) is strictly against any unethical act of copying or plagiarism in any form.
All manuscripts submitted for publication to JWEAM will be cross-checked for plagiarism. Manuscripts found to be plagiarized during initial stages of review are out-rightly rejected and not considered for publication in the journal. In case a manuscript is found to be plagiarized after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will conduct preliminary investigation and a committee will be 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. Upon determination of the extent of plagiarism, the paper will be retracted.
Types of Plagiarism
The following types of plagiarism are considered by JWEAM:
Full Plagiarism: 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.
Partial Plagiarism: If content is a mixture from multiple different sources, where the author has extensively rephrased text, then it is known as partial plagiarism.
Self-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.
Policy and Action for Plagiarism
JWEAM 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 JWEAM are expected to abide by the ethical standards and abstain from plagiarism, in any form. In case, an author is found to be suspected of plagiarism in a submitted manuscript, JWEAM shall reject and return the same immediately.
JWEAM shall take strict action against published manuscripts found to contain plagiarism and shall completely remove them from JWEAM website and other third party websites where the paper is listed and indexed. The term Plagiarized Manuscript shall be appended to the published manuscript title. Any other course of action may be contemplated, as recommended by the Committee or as deemed fit for the instant case or as decided by the Editorial Board, from time to time.