Plagiarism in any form, at any level, is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct, with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences. All authors are deemed to be individually and collectively responsible for the content of papers published by AJAST. Note that self-plagiarism does not apply to publications based on the author's own previously copyrighted work (e.g., appearing in a conference proceedings) where an explicit reference is made to the prior publication. Such reuse does not require quotation marks to delineate the reused text but does require that the source be cited.
• Turning in someone else’s work as your own.
• Putting your name on another person’s essay or project.
• Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving citation.
• Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks.
• Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation.
• Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving citation
All articles submitted to the AJAST will be checked using the TURNITIN plagiarism detection software. Turnitin is a commercial, Internet-based plagiarism detection service launched in 1997. Universities and high schools typically buy licenses to use the software as a service (SaaS) website, which checks submitted documents against its database and the content of other websites with the aim of identifying plagiarism. Results can identify similarities with existing sources, and can also be used in formative assessment to help students learn to avoid plagiarism and improve their writing.
In the case of suspected plagiarism in a published article:
• The person who advised us of the situation is informed about the process to be followed.
• The articles are compared to check the degree of copying.
• All Editors of AJAST are informed and asked for their clarifications.
• The corresponding author of the article in question is contacted with documentary evidence of the case of plagiarism and is asked for a response.