The peer-review process is at the heart of scientific publishing. As a feature of Herald’s commitment to the protecting the integrity of the scholarly record, Herald has a commitment to assist the scientific community in all aspects of publishing ethics, including instances of (suspected) duplicate submission and plagiarism.
With a specific end goal to defend the nature of its distributions, Herald has overhauled the policy on Publishing Ethics. In accordance with the philosophy of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE), we take after the standard that we have a prime obligation to uphold the integrity of the scientific record. Our plan is to ideally aid Herald Publishing Editors, and in addition, the Editor-in-Chief, Editors, Authors and Reviewers with this assignment.
Herald has made a taskforce to guarantee that Herald content is handled as we have planned, because plagiarism, piracy and journal subscription fraud are the most regular threats to the author’s content.
Herald will assist with the detection of plagiarism by utilizing CrossCheck or help to undertake further necessary action by means of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE). In the event that you take notice of any unethical irregularities to Herald content, please get in touch with us.
Herald is a participant of CrossCheck, an initiative for multi-publisher plagiarism detection to screen published and submitted content for originality. CrossCheck comprises of two items: a database of scholarly publications (CrossCheck) and a web-based tool (iThenticate) to check an authored work against that database.
Various Herald journals utilize the service to detect instances of overlapping and comparative content in submitted papers. Results given off by the software may be utilized as a criterion for the analysis of the manuscript by the editorial board and may in the end bring about a dismissal because of counterfeiting, duplicate and/or redundant publication.
Cases of suspected plagiarism are once in a while restricted to the same journal or publisher. Usually, multiple journals and publishers are involved. Software solutions, consequently, conceivably oblige collaboration between (all) publishing agencies. In 2008, CrossRef and the STM publishing community met up to develop CrossCheck, an administration that permits publishers to check the innovation of published works. CrossCheck is fueled by the iThenticate software from iParadigms, known as providers of Turnitin. CrossRef members team up to uphold a single database of published articles against which checking can occur.
The iThenticate system might be utilized to produce a similarity report at any point throughout the review process. Imposing a similarity check is very straightforwardly carried over. After logging in to the iThenticate account you have, you can simply upload the manuscript(s) and a similarity report will be produced within minutes.
The default comparability report perspective gives the percentage of the text of the manuscript which has overlap with one or more distributed articles. Figures and equations cannot be checked at present. This ought to be taken as a general guide, a high % does not so much demonstrate plagiarized content, it could, for instance, be legitimate citation and bibliography.
Herald invests in many resources to support our editors in catching up on suspected plagiarism, double submissions, or falsifications. In spite of the fact that we estimate only 0.1% of submitted articles are ever suspected, with considerable difference of occurrence between different academic areas a workable software solution for plagiarism detection can lower the burden on our editors and pay off in terms of resources required to detect plagiarism. We distinguish this burden and are committed to searching for the best solutions.