Plagiarism

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is an act of fraud. The following constitutes a case of plagiarism: when one steals and passes off the ideas or words of another as one's own; when one uses the work of another without due credit; and when one presents as new or original any idea or thought that in fact are derived from already existing sources. In terms of textual production plagiarism occurs when an author use someone else’s work or idea without acknowledging it as the source of one’s own work, regardless of whether it is copied word-for-word or paraphrased. 

Pre-publication process: submitted manuscript

OTE regards plagiarism in a serious light. For this reason manuscripts are submitted as a matter of routine to a textual similarity comparison after which the General Editor will engage the author when it appears the article has been compromised. When a reviewer alerts the General Editor of a potential problem, the manuscript will similarly be submitted in order to generate a similarity report. The reviewer will be notified of the outcome of the entire process.

The process followed in this instance, is determined by the guidelines proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics.

The General Editor, in conjunction with the article editor, will review the similarity report in order to establish whether plagiarism occurred and what the extent of plagiarism is.

If a case of serious plagiarism is established, the author involved will be notified and the article will be rejected. In the case of extensive plagiarism which proves intent, the institution of the author as well as his or her funding agency will be notified. Proof of the plagiarism will also be forwarded. The author will also be notified that his or her institution and funding agency are notified in this regard. The author will be banned from ever submitting a manuscript to Old Testament Essays (New Series)

In less serious cases, where the issue of plagiarism can be solved by rewriting/reformulating the portions of text, the author will nonetheless be notified and warned. The author will also be requested to change the problematic formulations. No further action will be taken.

Plagiarism detected in already published articles

The process followed in this instance, is determined by the guidelines proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics.

The General Editor, in conjunction with the article editor, will review the similarity report in order to establish whether plagiarism occurred and what the extent of plagiarism is.

When a case of plagiarism is established, whether minor or serious, the author will be notified and asked for an explanation. 

In the case of minor plagiarism where there was no intent to plagiarize, the General Editor will publish online a statement that indicates the plagiarized material and the appropriate or proper reference. The statement will be linked to the article and vice versa.

In case of serious plagiarism, the article will be retracted according to the policy of retraction and with a statement as to the original author’s work. The author’s institution and funding agency will also be notified with proof. The author will also be notified that his or her institution and funding agency are notified in this regard. The author will face a ban from writing to Old Testament Essays (New Series) again.