In preventing disputes and copyright issues, International Journal on Data Science (IJoDS) set the plagiarism policy based on the similarity index used in Turnitin. A maximum of 20% similarity is allowed for the manuscripts to be processed after the submission stage. The PDF file of the similarity report shall be accompanying the submitted manuscript. Any manuscripts with a similarity index of 21% or above will be returned to the author for corrections, and resubmit. We use Turnitin as our similarity checking tool and suggest that authors do the same. However, any proper similarity checking tools are welcome, and the proof of its check shall be provided.
Correcting the Scholarly Documents
Changes to articles after they have been published online may only be made under the circumstances outlined below. IJoDS places great importance on the authority of articles after they have been published and our policy is based on best practice in the academic publishing community.
An Erratum is a statement by the authors of the original paper that briefly describes a correction(s) resulting from errors or omissions. Any effects on the conclusions of the paper should be noted. The corrected article is not removed from the online journal but notice of erratum is given. The Erratum is made freely available to all readers and is linked to the corrected article.
When an erratum is published it must,
- State who is initiating the correction.
- Clearly state why the article is being corrected, what the correction is, and which aspects of the article are affected.
- Contain the citation of the article that is being corrected.
A Publisher’s Note notifies readers that an article has been corrected subsequent to publication. It is issued by IJoDS and is used in cases where typographical or production errors affect the integrity of the article metadata (such as title, author list or byline, funder information) or will significantly impact the readers’ ability to comprehend the article. The original article is removed and replaced with a corrected version and a Publisher’s Note describing the correction is linked to it. Authors should be aware that an original article can only be removed and replaced with a corrected version less than one year after the original publication date. Corrections to an article which has a publication date that is older than one year will only be documented by a Publisher’s Note. The date that the correction is made is noted in the corrected article. Publisher’s Notes are freely available to all readers.
Minor errors that do not affect the integrity of the metadata or a reader’s ability to understand an article and that do not involve a scientific error or omission will be corrected at the discretion of IJoDS. In such a case, the original article is removed and replaced with a corrected version. The date the correction is made is noted in the corrected article.
A Retraction is a notice that the paper should not be regarded as part of the scientific literature. Retractions are issued if there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, this can be as a result of misconduct or honest error; if the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper referencing, permission or justification; if the work is plagiarized; or if the work reports unethical research.
To protect the integrity of the record, the retracted article is not removed from the IjoDS website, but notice of retraction is given, is made freely available to all readers, and is linked to the retracted article. Retractions can be published by the authors when they have discovered substantial scientific errors; in other cases, IJoDS may conclude that retraction is appropriate. In all cases, the retraction indicates the reason for the action and who is responsible for the decision. If a retraction is made without the unanimous agreement of the authors, that is also noted.
In rare and extreme cases involving legal infringement, the Publisher may redact or remove an article. Bibliographic information about the article will be retained to ensure the integrity of the scientific record.
When a retraction is published it must:
- Clearly state who is retracting the article. This could be the authors, the journal, the Publisher, or a combination.
- State the reason for the retraction that is clear and unambiguous. The aspects of the paper that are affected should be identified.
- Contain the citation of the article that is being retracted.