Plagiarism and Misconduct

Any manuscript submitted to a Open Medical Publishing journal must be original and must not be under consideration by any other journal. The Editorial Board of our journals will immediately screen all articles submitted for publication in that journal. All submissions we receive are checked for plagiarism by using online available tools.

Excessive and inappropriate self-citation is strongly discouraged.

Below some online resource to help you in understanding plagiarism:

  • Roig, M. Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing. St. Johns University.
  • Long TC, Errami M, George AC, et al. Responding to Possible Plagiarism. Science 2009;323:1293-1294.
  • Lewis J, Ossowski S, Hicks J, Errami M, and Garner HR. Text similarity: an alternative way to search MEDLINE. Bioinformatics 2006; 22:2298-2304.

Open Medical Publishing takes seriously all claims of potential misconduct. In cases of suspected research or publication misconduct, the Editors may have to contact and share manuscripts with third parties, e.g., authors’ institutions and/or ethics committees.

All digital images in manuscripts considered for publication will be scrutinized for any indication of manipulation, and manipulation may result in retraction of a published article.

Cases of suspected misconduct will be reported to the authors’ institutions, will end up with a quick rejection and is then reported to the European Science Foundation and to the US Office of Research Integrity. The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) released a Code of Conduct on Research Integrity, which is fully supported by our journals.

All authors submitting papers to our journals are required to adopt these policies.