All articles submitted to the Medical Channel will be checked using the plagiarism detection software.
A specific process is followed to manage a case of plagiarism. The Medical Channel follows the guidelines contained in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) flowcharts (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts):
In the case of suspected plagiarism in a published article:
- The person who advised us of the situation is informed about the process to be followed.
- The articles are compared to check the degree of copying.
- All Editors of the Medical Channel are informed and asked for their comments.
- The corresponding author of the article in question is contacted with documentary evidence of the case of plagiarism and is asked for a response.
- If the authors are found guilty of plagiarism
- The editor of the journal in which the original plagiarised article was published and the authors of the plagiarised article are informed
- The Medical Channel publishes an official retraction of the paper
- The online version of the Medical Channel article is withdrawn from the Medical Channel website, and
- The Medical Channel will not publish any article by any of the authors concerned for a period of 5 years.