Plagiarism Policy

All articles submitted to PHA will be verified using the iTHENTICATE plagiarism detection software.

A specific process is followed to deal with plagiarism, following the guidelines outlined in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) flowcharts.

For suspected plagiarism in a published article:

  • The person who advises of the situation is informed about the process to be followed.
  • The articles are compared to check the degree of copying.
  • All Editors of PHA are informed and asked for their comments.
  • The corresponding author of the article in question is contacted, with documentary evidence of plagiarism and asking for a response.
  • If the authors are judged to have engaged in plagiarism
    - The editor of the journal in which the original plagiarised article was published and the authors of the plagiarised article are informed
    - PHA publishes an official retraction of the paper
    - the online version of the PHA article is withdrawn from the Ingenta host site, and
    - PHA will not publish any article by any of the authors concerned for a period of 5 years.