The American Engineering Journal is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and ethical publishing practices. Plagiarism, in any form, is a serious violation of these principles and is strictly prohibited. We have implemented a comprehensive plagiarism policy to ensure the originality and integrity of the research published in our journal.

Definition of Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's ideas, words, data, or intellectual property without proper attribution or permission. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Copying verbatim sentences, paragraphs, or substantial portions of text from other sources, including published works, without appropriate citation.
  2. Paraphrasing or summarizing another person's work without proper acknowledgment.
  3. Presenting someone else's data, results, or findings as one's own.
  4. Republishing one's own previously published work without proper citation or justification (self-plagiarism).
  5. Using images, figures, tables, or other visual content without obtaining the necessary permissions or giving proper credit to the original source.
  6. Submitting a manuscript that contains significant overlap with another manuscript that is currently under review or has been published elsewhere.
  7. Engaging in any other practice that violates intellectual property rights or misrepresents the originality of the work.

Plagiarism Detection:

To maintain the highest standards of academic integrity, all submitted manuscripts undergo a thorough plagiarism check. We utilize industry-standard plagiarism detection tools to identify instances of potential plagiarism. These tools compare the manuscript's content against a vast database of published articles, websites, and other academic sources.

In cases where plagiarism is suspected, the journal's editorial team carefully examines the flagged content to determine the extent and severity of the issue. This evaluation involves a detailed analysis of the similarities between the submitted manuscript and the identified sources.

Actions against Plagiarism:

If plagiarism is detected in a submitted manuscript, the American Engineering Journal follows a strict procedure to address the issue:

  1. Investigation: The editorial team conducts a thorough investigation to verify the plagiarism allegations and assess the extent of the problem.

  2. Communication: The corresponding author is notified of the plagiarism concerns and provided with the specific instances of detected plagiarism. They are given an opportunity to respond to the allegations and provide any justifications or clarifications.

  3. Correction and Retraction: If plagiarism is confirmed, the manuscript will be rejected and withdrawn from consideration for publication. In cases where the plagiarism is identified after publication, a retraction notice will be issued, clearly indicating the reasons for retraction and the plagiarized content.

  4. Reporting: Depending on the severity of the plagiarism, the journal may report the incident to the author's institution, funding agencies, or other relevant authorities.

Preventing Plagiarism:

We strongly encourage all authors to adhere to the following guidelines to prevent plagiarism:

  1. Original Work: Ensure that all submitted work is original and properly cited. Appropriately attribute all sources used, including ideas, text, data, images, or any other intellectual property.

  2. Proper Citations: Use proper citation formats, such as APA, MLA, or IEEE, to acknowledge the work of others accurately. Quote or paraphrase only with proper attribution and use quotation marks when directly quoting text.

  3. Self-Plagiarism: If you are including any previously published material in your manuscript, ensure that it is properly cited and clearly identified as such. Avoid redundant publication by providing a clear justification for reusing any content.

  4. Permission for Material: Obtain permission and provide appropriate acknowledgments when using copyrighted material, such as figures, tables, or images.

  5. Peer Review: Engage in the peer-review process with integrity, ensuring that your work and the work of others are evaluated fairly and ethically.

We are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of integrity and originality in the American Engineering Journal. By adhering to these guidelines and our plagiarism policy, we can collectively promote responsible research practices and foster a trustworthy environment for the dissemination of engineering knowledge.