Plagiarism Policy

When you copy published works that have been previously used by another author in your own manuscripts without consent, credit or acknowledgement, it is referred to as plagiarism. It is the most common form of misconduct in manuscript writing. Some of these forms of plagiarism include; clear plagiarism (word for word) and minor copying of short phrases in the discussion of a research paper. Authors must remember that the context of their research is important when crediting previous authors for their work. Most often, Journals use plagiarism checking software that assists editors to be able to identify plagiarists. There are guidelines provided on the processes that need to be followed in order to tackle plagiarism when detected in the review phase and after publication. Authors are therefore advised to desist from any form of plagiarism when putting together their manuscripts for publication.

The journal's maximum acceptable similarity index is 18%. Therefore, the manuscript submitted which is above this 18% shall be rejected from the editorial review. Authors are encouraged to check their similarity index before submitting their manuscripts. The editorial review to check the manuscript before it is processed for external review takes a maximum of five working days for a decision to be reached.