Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

Any suspected covert duplicate manuscript submission cases will be handled as outlined in the COPE guidelines. In addition, JOHA endorses the policies of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in relation to overlapping publications.

JOHA utilizes iThenticate, a plagiarism detection tool, to carefully scrutinize every submitted manuscript twice - first during the submission process and again after revision. The similarity index percentage is meticulously evaluated for each article, where even a 10% similarity is deemed as plagiarism.

It is essential to note that copying content from AI-Chatbots is strongly discouraged. The use of generative AI and AI-assisted technologies is only to enhance the work's readability and language. The use of these technologies should be supervised and controlled by humans, and authors must carefully review and edit the output because it can be incomplete, incorrect, or biased. Ultimately, the authors are responsible and accountable for the content of their work. Check our AI policy in scientific writing.

Authors can adhere to the following steps to report plagiarism:

  • Inform the editor of the journal where the plagiarized article is published
  • Submit the original and plagiarized papers with the plagiarized parts highlighted, if the evidence is convincing, the editor should arrange a disciplinary meeting.
  • The editor of the journal where the plagiarized article is published should communicate with the editor of the journal containing the original article to rectify the matter, and the plagiarist should be asked to provide an explanation.
  • If there is no response within the stipulated time or an unsatisfactory explanation, the article should be permanently retracted, and the authors should be blacklisted and debarred from submitting an article to the particular journal for at least five years.
  • The concerned head of the institution should also be notified.