The Gnosi journal strongly opposes any form of unethical copying or plagiarism. Large chunks of a text are considered to be plagiarised when they have been taken from previously available materials. All published articles in Gnosi Journal are screened for plagiarism using the Plagiarism Checker X software.
Plagiarism is the immoral practise of duplicating another person's previous ideas, techniques, results, or words without crediting the original author and source. Self-plagiarism happens when an author uses a substantial portion of his or her previously published work without providing citations. This might vary from publishing the same paper in various journals to adding new data to a previously published study.
During the first evaluation phase, plagiarised manuscripts are outright rejected and are not considered for publication in the journal.
The manuscripts in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of the plagiarism.
Papers containing less than 10 Pecent Plagiarism: The manuscript will be returned to the author for content revision and resubmitted with the revised article for processing in the journal.
Papers containing between 10-to 25 percent Plagiarism: The manuscript will be returned to the author for content revision, and he/she will resubmit the revised article for processing in the journal.
Papers containing between 25-100 percent Plagiarism: The manuscript will be rejected without review. The authors are advised to revise the manuscript and resubmit it.
If a manuscript is discovered to be plagiarised after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will undertake a preliminary inquiry, possibly with the assistance of a specially formed committee.
If the work is determined to contain unacceptable levels of plagiarism, the journal will inform the author's institute/college/university and, if applicable, the funding agency.
A finding of misconduct will prompt Gnosi Journal to publish an online statement on its website, noting the plagiarism and citing the plagiarised content.
The plagiarised published paper will be formally retracted online. A statement about the retracted paper will be made for the hard copy (the next published issue).
Authors should report plagiarism by following these steps:
- Inform the editor of the Gnosi Journal of the publication of a plagiarised manuscript.
- Submit both the original and plagiarised papers, emphasising the plagiarised content.
- If there are strong signs of plagiarism, the editor will call a meeting of the discipline committee.
- In the event that plagiarism is discovered after publication, the Gnosi Journal Editorial Board will respond in accordance with the regulations laid down by COPE.
- If found wanting, the author who submitted the plagiarised paper will also be barred from submitting any new paper on Gnosi Journal for at least five years. The plagiarised paper will be retracted. The relevant institution's and funding agency will be informed.