JIIMC follows the ICMJE, PMDC and HEC guidelines/criteria for all types of plagiarism. The same can be accessed at www.icmje.org, www.pmdc.org.pk and www.hec.gov.pk It is the authors’ responsibility to apprise themselves of plagiarism in any form including paraphrasing and self-plagiarism. Manuscript submitted for publication in JIIMC is checked with plagiarism detection software ‘TURNITIN” to determine OSI and SMSI. These manuscripts can be sent to HEC, other medical journals’ editors and international agencies for authentication of originality. The disciplinary committee of JIIMC would deal with cases of plagiarism and comprise of the staff, editors and the Chief Editor or his representative.
Any document submitted for publication or a document accepted for publication or an article that has already been published in the journal is found to be plagiarised, the matter will be dealt with according to COPE guidelines. Editorial Board will immediately stop the processing/ publication of the article and explanation from the authors will be asked. In case an acceptable explanation is provided by the author(s), the JIIMC may process for the submitted document after recommended changes.In case of non-response or unsatisfactory explanation, the JIIMC editorial Board will decide regarding the fate of the article and authors including the article will be permanently retracted and the author will be on watch. HEC, PMDC and author’s institute will also be notified about the case. In case of multiple submissions, other editors will also be informed. The author(s) will have to provide documentary proof of retraction from publication, if such a defence is pleaded. Those claiming intellectual/idea or data theft of an article must provide documentary proof in their claim. Debarment of the authors(s) from further publication in the JIIMC for one year or permanent depending upon the nature of offence.