Plagiarism Policy

Social Science Review Archives (SSRA) is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and ethical research. This plagiarism policy outlines our expectations for authors and our procedures for detecting and addressing plagiarism in submitted materials.

Definition of Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person's work, ideas, or words without proper attribution. This includes verbatim copying, paraphrasing without giving credit, and presenting someone else's work as your own.

Types of Plagiarism:

  • Direct plagiarism: Copying text word-for-word from another source without attribution.
  • Mosaic plagiarism: Combining phrases and sentences from multiple sources without attribution.
  • Self-plagiarism: Reusing your own work without proper citation.
  • Ghostwriting: Paying someone else to write your work and presenting it as your own.

SSRA's Plagiarism Detection:

All submitted materials to SSRA undergo plagiarism screening using industry-standard anti-plagiarism software. The software generates a report highlighting potential instances of plagiarism and providing additional information for review.

Policy Guidelines:

  • Submission Declaration: Authors must submit a declaration confirming that the submitted work is original and the author owns the copyright.
  • Turnitin Similarity Score: SSRA adopts a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Manuscripts exhibiting Turnitin similarity scores exceeding 15% will be rejected, unless the similarity is justified due to:
    • Properly cited quotations: Direct quotes used with accurate citations are acceptable.
    • Common knowledge or terminology: Material considered common knowledge within the field or standard academic terminology will not be penalized.
    • Author's previously published work: Authors may reuse parts of their own published work with proper citation and explanation.
  • Editorial Review: The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to request clarifications or revisions from authors regarding potential plagiarism identified in the report.
  • Consequences of Plagiarism:
    • Rejected submission: Manuscripts determined to have plagiarized content will be rejected outright and authors notified.
    • Retraction from publication: Published articles discovered to contain plagiarism may be retracted after due process.
    • Reporting: SSRA may report instances of plagiarism to relevant academic institutions or organizations.

Author Responsibilities:

  • Authors are responsible for ensuring the originality of their work.
  • Authors must properly cite all sources used in their work.
  • Authors must be transparent about any self-plagiarism and provide appropriate citations.