This plagiarism policy is applicable to authors submitting an article to the New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science.
According to Wikipedia, plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation and purloining and publication of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation of them as one's own original work”; while self plagiarism is “the reuse of significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of one's own work without acknowledging that one is doing so or without citing the original work”.
Plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and the Journal
Articles in biomedical journals are supposed to be original. Duplication of articles by self-plagiarism (duplicate publication) distorts the scientific literature and generally infringes on copyright laws. Plagiarism of other published articles, without appropriate attribution, is unethical and also distorts the scientific literature and infringes on copyright laws.
Authors submitting to the New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science sign the author form stating, among other, that this work is original and has not previously been published in full or substantial part thereof (except as an abstract), and that no part of the article has been lifted (plagiarised) from other published material.
If the Editors or reviewers suspect plagiarism, submitted articles will be checked with plagiarism detection software. If plagiarism is strongly suggested, then the authors will be contacted for an explanation. If the authors express ignorance or unawareness, the Editors may allow re-submission and the authors warned as to the seriousness of plagiarism. In the case of a submitted article having been found to have been totally or substantially published elsewhere, the submitted article is rejected outright. Authors will be contacted for an explanation and their institution may be contacted. The Editors may ban the authors from submitting to the Journal for a defined time period. The Editors will use the COPE (Committee on Publications Ethics) guidelines (www.publicationsethics.org).
If an article accepted and published in the New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science is subsequently discovered to have previously been published substantially or in full elsewhere, the authors will be contacted for an explanation. Their institutions may be notified and the authors maybe banned from future submissions for a specified time period. Additionally, the offending article in the Journal will be retracted from electronic data bases and a formal retraction notice, with full reasons, will be published in the Journal.
If it is discovered that an article published in the New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science is subsequently substantially or in full published in another biomedical journal, the Editor of that journal will be contacted with full details.
Rob Siebers, FNZIMLS FRSB, Editor
Collette Bromhead, PhD MNZIMLS, Deputy-Editor