In an attempt to uphold the intellectual property rights of others and to keep up the standards for academics, Journal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (JPAFMAT) is adopting a zero-tolerance policy towards papers associated with publication misconduct.

What Constitutes Publication Misconduct?

Publication misconduct includes plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, inappropriate authorship, duplicate submission/multiple submissions, overlapping publication and salami publication.

We (JPAFMAT) have developed publication definitions, policies in line with Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA) and Committee on Publication ethics (COPE) standards for publication misconduct, which are as follows:

1.     Plagiarism: It is the appropriation of another person's thoughts, ideas, data, figures, research methods, or words without giving appropriate credit, or the over-citation of another person's published work.

2.     Fabrication: It is the practice of making up data or results without having performed relevant research.

3.     Falsification: It is the practice of changing data or results intentionally such that misleading conclusion is drawn.

4.     Inappropriate Authorship: It means that authorship is not assigned based on the author's contributions.

5.     Duplicate Submission/ Multiple Submissions: It refer to the practice of submitting the same manuscript or several manuscripts with minor differences (e.g., differences only in title, keywords, abstract, author order, author affiliations, or a small amount of text) to two or more journals at the same time, or submitting to another journal within an agreed or stipulated period.

6.     Overlapping Publication: It refer to the practice of publishing a paper overlaps substantially with the one already published.

7.     Salami publication: It refer to the practice of slicing data from a large study, could have been reported in a single paper, into different pieces and publishing them in two or more articles, all of which cover the same population, methods, and question.

8.     Cross Checking references in connection with content

What will happen if Misconduct is Found?

To fight against plagiarism and to ensure high ethical standards for all of the published papers, JPAFMAT has joined for plagiarism Check.

We are following UGC regulations with respect to plagiarism.





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