The WAKTU journal has implemented a comprehensive policy to address plagiarism in submitted articles. To detect similarities in texts, the journal utilizes the Turnitin originality checking software, with a maximum allowable similarity of 20%.
Policy on Plagiarism:
1. Definition: Plagiarism involves using or imitating the language and thoughts of another author without proper attribution.
2. Originality Requirement: Papers must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Any verbatim text from another source must be clearly identified through indentation, quotation marks, and proper citation.
3. Fair Use Standards: Material exceeding fair use standards, which is defined as more than two or three sentences, requires permission from the copyright holder and proper identification of the source.
4. Plagiarism Levels and Actions
a. Minor Plagiarism: A short section of another article is plagiarized without significant data or ideas.
Action: Authors receive a warning and are requested to revise the text and provide proper citations.
b. Intermediate Plagiarism: A significant portion of a paper is plagiarized without proper citation.
Action: The submitted article is rejected, and the authors are prohibited from submitting further articles for one year.
c. Severe Plagiarism: A significant portion of a paper involves reproducing original results or ideas from another publication.
Action: The paper is rejected, and the authors are prohibited from submitting further articles for five years.
5. Responsibility and Penalties: All authors are responsible for the content of their submitted paper and are subject to the same penalty if plagiarism is detected.
6. Multiple Cases of Plagiarism: In the event of a second case of plagiarism by the same author(s), the Editorial Board, including the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial members, will decide on appropriate measures, which may include a permanent ban on submitting further articles.
7. Self-Plagiarism: Authors must properly identify and reference any previously published material used in their submission. The extent of self-plagiarism determines the severity of action taken.
8. Retraction, Corrections, and Expression of Concern: WAKTU editors follow guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) regarding retractions, corrections, and expressions of concern based on evidence of misconduct or unreliable findings.
9. Withdrawal: Authors are discouraged from withdrawing submitted manuscripts after the publication process has begun. If withdrawal is requested, authors must reimburse the journal for the resources expended.
WAKTU adheres to the COPE guidelines, and this policy is posted on the journal's website and shared with authors during the manuscript submission process. The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) which can be accessed at https://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines.pdf. For your convenience, the same document is shown below.