Plagiarism Policy

The INNOVATIVE RESEARCH THOUGHTS (IRT) is dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of academic honesty and intellectual conduct. In accordance with this commitment, we have a strict policy against plagiarism. This policy is applicable to all submitted manuscripts and published publications.

1. Definition of Plagiarism: Plagiarism encompasses, but is not limited to, using another author's words, ideas, or idioms without proper credit. This involves plagiarising text, photos, or data from other sources, excessive paraphrasing, and claiming credit for other people's research findings.

2. Plagiarism Threshold: IRT maintains a strict threshold for plagiarism, with a maximum similarity index of 15%. Manuscripts with a similarity index above this threshold are subject to further scrutiny, revision, or rejection.

3. Plagiarism Detection: All IRT submissions are reviewed using plagiarism detection tools to discover instances of overlap with already published works. This procedure contributes to the originality and quality of the research we publish.

4. Author Responsibility: Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts are 100% original and that all sources are correctly cited or quoted. Prior to submission, authors should examine their articles for plagiarism.

5. Handling of Plagiarism: If plagiarism is discovered at any time, whether before or after publication, the editorial board will take necessary action. This may include, but is not limited to, requesting a modification from the author(s), rejecting the manuscript, or retracting the previously published article.

6. Self-Plagiarism: IRT also recognises the problem of self-plagiarism. Authors should not submit previously published work, including their own, in whole or in part, unless properly cited and with explicit indication of reused material.

7. Education and Prevention: To combat plagiarism, IRT is devoted to educating writers and reviewers on proper standards in citation and academic writing.

8. Appeals: Authors have the ability to challenge plagiarism claims. Appeals must include convincing evidence of originality and correct citation.