Plagiarism means quoting directly another person's language, data, illustration, tables, etc. without due acknowledgement of the source. Paragraphing the work of others without due acknowledgements and copying, cutting and pasting from the internet or online source and submitting as one's own work without giving proper reference/citation.
Every manuscript submitted by author to the SM Journals must undergo a Plagiarism Check by Plagiarism Checker online.
The exclusion at the time of performing the check should be limited to the following:
Low- level plagiarism: When the plagiarism is a result of negligence or without intent to cheat and the similarity between documents marginally outside the limit, the author may be allowed to resubmit the work with proper citations.
Mid- level Plagiarism: Failure to cite proper citations, copying few paragraphs only. Intent to cheat is very low and may be due to lack of knowledge. The similarity between documents is outside the limit. The author may be allowed to resubmit the work with proper citation.
High- level plagiarism: Deliberate and planned attempt to copy the work done by someone else. Large amount of data taken from someone elses work.
The similarity between documents is within the limit (not more than 20%) for putting some original results in proper context and all original sources are correctly cited. The similarity is not of such nature which directly affects the original findings of research. No further action is required.
If in case of Low and Middle level plagiarism author can revise and resubmit their work to the Journal.