The editor will run plagiarism check using iThenticate/Turnitin/Grammarly for the submitted articles before sending them to the reviewers. We do not process any plagiarised content. If a manuscript has over 20% plagiarism based on the result of the check, we will send back the manuscript to the author to be revised for the plagiarised contents.
If similarities with already published material are detected, then depending on the extent of the similarities, the editor may reject the paper or contact the author and ask for an explanation/revision (e.g. in the case of suspected self-plagiarism).
We are aware that using plagiarism detection software may result in unjust accusations and therefore our team (editor and editorial board members) will consider all data in order to determine if the paper under examination bears new scientific data that deserve to be published.
On the other hand, if it is decided that the author deliberately plagiarized a paper this may even cause the banning of all co-authors from our journal for a certain period or even permanently. In such a case, the authors will be contacted and an explanation will be asked.
In case of a published paper that is judged to be the result of plagiarism, the paper will be retracted and this will be clearly stated in the paper's title, in the abstract page, and in the pdf and an explanation/cause of retraction will also be provided.