Plagiarism Policy

The Qualitative Research Journal for Social Studies (QRJSS) takes the issue of plagiarism very seriously. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and to publishing original research that contributes to the understanding of social phenomena. This policy outlines our expectations for authors regarding plagiarism and the consequences of violating these expectations.

1. Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else's ideas, words, or research without proper attribution. This includes:

  • Copying text or data without citation: Directly copying another author's work without quotation marks or reference is plagiarism.
  • Paraphrasing without citation: Rewriting another author's ideas or arguments without proper attribution is plagiarism.
  • Self-plagiarism: Taking significant portions of your own previously published work without citation is plagiarism.
  • Mosaicing: Combining unoriginal phrases or short passages from multiple sources without citation is plagiarism.

2. Author Responsibilities

Authors are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that their submitted work is original and free from plagiarism.
  • Properly citing all sources used in their research, including direct quotations, paraphrases, and ideas.
  • Obtaining permission to use copyrighted material.
  • Disclosing any potential conflicts of interest.

3. Detection and Prevention

  • Turnitin: All submitted manuscripts will be screened for plagiarism using Turnitin or similar software.
  • Manual Review: The editorial team will also manually review manuscripts for potential plagiarism.

4. Consequences of Plagiarism

  • Manuscript Rejection: Manuscripts found to contain plagiarism will be rejected and authors will be notified.
  • Publication of Correction or Retraction: In cases of minor plagiarism, the journal may publish a correction or retraction notice.
  • Blacklisting: Authors who engage in deliberate plagiarism may be blacklisted from submitting to the journal in the future.
  • Reporting: The journal may report instances of plagiarism to the authors' academic institutions or funding agencies.