Archives of Surgical Research (ASR) defines Plagiarism as follows:
"the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own"
Intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. It is the copying of ideas, text, data, and other creative work (e.g. tables, figures, and graphs) and presenting it as original research without proper citation. We define plagiarism as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 24% similarity and without citation.
We follow the COPE Guidelines on plagiarism handling. If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after the publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s).
Any allegations of misconduct brought to the journal’s attention will be dealt with immediately and seriously. ASR will not accept articles that violate research & publication ethics, any manuscript not in compliance will be rejected.
ASR utilizes Turnitin to assess all submitted manuscripts, a plagiarism percentage upwards of 24% is unacceptable, and articles not in accordance with this rule will be rejected.