Plagiarism Policy

  1. Purpose:

This Plagiarism Policy establishes guidelines and procedures to ensure the integrity, originality, and ethical standards in the submission and publication of manuscripts in Nigerian Journal of Parasitology. It outlines our commitment to maintaining the highest academic standards and addressing instances of plagiarism appropriately.

  1. Definition of Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else's work, ideas, or intellectual property as one's own without proper attribution or permission. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:

2.1 Verbatim Plagiarism: Directly copying and pasting text from a source without quotation marks or proper citation.

2.2 Paraphrasing Plagiarism: Paraphrasing or rephrasing someone else's work without proper acknowledgment or citation.

2.3 Idea Plagiarism: Presenting someone else's ideas or concepts as one's own, without giving credit to the original author or source.

2.4 Self-Plagiarism: Reproducing significant portions of one's own previously published work without appropriate citation or acknowledgment.

  1. Plagiarism Detection:

To ensure the originality of submitted manuscripts, Nigerian Journal of Parasitology employs plagiarism detection tools and software to identify potential instances of plagiarism. Authors are encouraged to submit original work that is not previously published or under consideration by another publication.

  1. Responsibilities of Authors:

4.1 Originality and Attribution: Authors are responsible for ensuring the originality of their work. They must properly attribute and cite all sources used in their manuscript, including ideas, text, data, figures, and tables obtained from other works. Authors should also obtain necessary permissions for any copyrighted material used.

4.2 Citation and Referencing: Authors must accurately and consistently cite and reference all sources consulted during their research. Proper citation includes providing the necessary information to identify the source, such as author(s), title, publication, and year.

4.3 Self-Plagiarism: Authors should refrain from duplicating significant portions of their own previously published work without appropriate citation or acknowledgment. When reusing or building upon previous work, authors must clearly indicate the extent of the overlap and cite the original source.

  1. Plagiarism Investigation and Actions:

5.1 Plagiarism Investigation: In cases where plagiarism is suspected, [Journal Name] will conduct a thorough investigation, which may include the use of plagiarism detection software, manual review, and consultation with experts in the field.

5.2 Notification and Response: If plagiarism is detected, the corresponding author will be promptly notified and provided with the specific details and evidence of the plagiarism. The author will be given an opportunity to respond to the allegations and provide explanations or justifications, if any.

5.3 Penalties and Corrective Actions: Depending on the severity and extent of plagiarism, Nigerian Journal of Parasitology may take appropriate actions, which can include but are not limited to:

a. Rejection: Manuscripts found to contain significant plagiarism may be rejected outright.

b. Retraction: If a published article is found to contain plagiarism, it may be retracted from the journal, and a retraction notice will be issued.

c. Blacklisting: Authors found to engage in repeated or severe instances of plagiarism may be barred from submitting to [Journal Name] for a specified period or permanently.

d. Reporting: Nigerian Journal of Parasitology may report cases of plagiarism to relevant institutions, funding agencies, or professional bodies, as deemed necessary.

  1. Education and Awareness:

Nigerian Journal of Parasitology is committed to promoting education and awareness about plagiarism and proper citation practices. We encourage authors, reviewers, and readers to familiarize themselves with ethical guidelines and resources related to academic integrity.

  1. Contact Information:

For inquiries or further information regarding our Plagiarism Policy, please contact us at [insert contact information].

By submitting manuscripts to Nigerian Journal of Parasitology, authors acknowledge and agree to adhere to the guidelines and principles outlined in this Plagiarism Policy.

Effective Date: January 1, 2022