“When somebody presents the work of others (data, words or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgment."
For Journal of Namibian Studies, this applies to data, images, words or ideas taken from any materials in electronic or print formats without sufficient attribution. This can include:
The use of any such material either directly or indirectly should be properly acknowledged in all instances. You should always cite your source (please see ‘How to avoid plagiarism’ below).
Plagiarism Includes But is Not Limited to:
According to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) this is:
“Appropriating someone else’s idea (e.g., an explanation, a theory, a conclusion, a hypothesis, a metaphor) in whole or in part, or with superficial modifications without giving credit to its originator.”
The ORI provides some good examples of the plagiarism of ideas, including the phenomenon of unconscious plagiarism (i.e., cryptomnesia).
Paper Selection and Publishing Process
a) Submission Acknowledgement
When you submit a manuscript online, you will receive a submission acknowledgment letter sent by the online system automatically. For email submission, the editor or editorial assistant sends an e-mail confirmation to the submission’s author within one to three working days. If you fail to receive this confirmation, please check your bulk email box or contact the editorial assistant.
b) Basic Review
The editor or editorial assistant determines whether the manuscript fits the journal’s focus and scope. Next, a check for the similarity rate is done using CrossCheck, powered by iThenticate. Any manuscripts out of the journal’s scope or containing plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, are rejected.
c) Peer Review
We use a double-blind system for peer review; both reviewers’ and authors’ identities remain anonymous. The submitted manuscript will be reviewed by at least two experts: one editorial staff member as well as one to three external reviewers. The review process may take four to six weeks.
d) Decision Is Made
The decision to accept or reject an article is based on the suggestions of reviewers. If differences of opinion occur between reviewers, the editor-in-chief will weigh all comments and arrive at a balanced decision based on all comments, or the second round of peer review may be initiated.
e) Notification of the Result of Review
The result of the review will be sent to the corresponding author and forwarded to other authors.
f) Publication Notice
The authors and readers will be notified and invited to visit our website for the newly published articles.