Ethics in Publishing

Compliance with publication ethics ensures the integrity of scientific publishing and confidence in published articles. Therefore, the Psychosophia expect all authors to adhere to ethical requirements in the preparation of their manuscript.

The Merriam Webster Online dictionary defines plagiarizing as:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Pyschosophia considers plagiarism a serious offense. Psychosophia is committed to eliminating manuscripts with possible cases of plagiarism from its review and publication process. Psychosophia uses the Turnitin plagiarism detection application to check each manuscript for possible cases of plagiarism.

Plagiarism check is the first step in the manuscript review process. Manuscripts that are found to contain unacceptable levels of similarity with other published works are immediately rejected. Please see the review process below.
Submitted manuscripts should be the original works of the author(s). Psychosophia will follow COPE guidelines in suspected cases of plagiarism. Psychosophia has a 25% similarity tolerance.

Duplicate submissions
Duplicate submission is a situation whereby an author submits the same or similar manuscripts to two different journals at the same time either within Psychosophia or any other publisher. This includes the submission of manuscripts derived from the same data in such a manner that there are no substantial differences in the manuscripts. Duplicate submission also includes the submission of the same/similar manuscript in different languages to different journals.

Fabrication and falsification of data
It is unethical to fabricate, manipulate, or falsify data in a manuscript.  Psychosophia is by COPE guidelines in dealing with suspected cases of data fabrication and falsification.

Citations manipulation
A manuscript should contain only relevant citations. The inclusion of citations that are not relevant to the work is strongly discouraged. Similarly, irrelevant self-citation to increase one’s citation is unethical.