Plagiarism is defined as the unacknowledged use of someone else’s ideas, processes, data, results or words. This act is considered unethical behavior and theft of intellectual property. All the sources used, should be explicitly and clearly referred to the original author/publication. There is a case of self-plagiarism, or duplication of one’s own previous works with minor changes. The author should submit only original and not previously published works. If there is a submitted manuscript, which contains large sections of previously published articles, non-original data or sources that are not properly credited, it will be immediately rejected from publication.   

The SWS Society is strictly against any form of copying or plagiarism. It is our firm believe that, plagiarism is a form of crime. We unconditionally follow the worldwide scientific conventions and standards for ethical behavior. All submitted manuscripts will be cross-checked for unethical copying using one of the best plagiarisms detecting software. If any form of plagiarism is detected before the publication of a given manuscript, the author will be immediately asked to write explanation, or enter the original sources explicitly and clearly into the paper. In case that a paper is found to be plagiarized after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will do a preliminary investigation with the help of an appropriate committee assembled for that purpose. If the manuscript contains non-original and not acknowledged materials beyond the acceptable limits, the publication will be removed, and the author’s plagiarism will be publicly disclosed.

Types of Plagiarism

The following types of plagiarism are considered by SWS Society:

  • Full Plagiarism: The submission of the exact copy of a material published before, without any changes to the text, ideas and data.
  • Partial Plagiarism: The manuscript has slightly or partially rephrased unacknowledged previous publication or multiple sources.
  • Duplication/Self-Plagiarism: The author reuse, partially or completely, his/her previous publication.

Policy and Action for Plagiarism

SWS Society respects and protects the authors’ rights and intellectual property. We tolerate only original manuscripts. No materials found to be plagiarized will be accepted. We share the ideas of the international conventions and standards for ethical scientific behavior, therefore we expect that all the submitted works will comply with them. If any plagiarism is detected or an author is suspected, SWS Society will immediately contact the author and will ask for explanation within two weeks. If there is no response, we will try to contact the institution to which the author is affiliated. In case there is no answer at all, or there is no proper explanation for the plagiarism found, the SWS journal will permanently remove the suspected article from all of its websites and all third-party websites where the article is indexed. The SWS Society will either temporarily, or permanently reject all the future submissions of the author who was found to have plagiarized. We will publicly disclose the name of such authors and notify other journals for the case. We keep the right to conduct any other course of action if needed to protect authors’ intellectual and moral rights, and to protect the scientific societies around the world from unethical publications and plagiarism.