Plagiarism and fraudulent data are considered as a significant violation of truthfulness and involve stealing intellectual property from other individuals’ work.
The Moldovan Medical Journal maintains the integrity of the scientific community. The Editorial Board is monitoring the elements of plagiarism and fraudulent data. The authors are strongly requested to exclude an inaccuracy or manipulation in the data, borrowing negligently from a citation.
The fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
The papers, having a political profile, or the papers, including biased or incorrect evaluations of other scientific works and other specialists, are not accepted for the publication.
If plagiarism or fraudulent data are found in any paper after an internal investigation, a letter is immediately sent to all the authors, their affiliated institutes and funding agencies and subsequently the paper will be retracted.
The editorial office requires that submitted manuscripts are solely the author’s own work and not the work of the others, unless an explicit permission has been granted. This includes text, figures and tables. The responsibility for plagiarism and fraudulent data lies ultimately with the writer.
The articles should describe the results as accurately as possible and avoid using the statements of opinions as facts. The manuscript should present the results in a direct way and avoid misleading the reader or causing misunderstandings. The articles must be authentic and should not contain manipulated data or fraudulent information. This also applies to the direct translations from one language into another.
The authors should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently is considered an unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
The publication of some kinds of articles (e. g. translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided that certain conditions are observed. The authors and the editors must agree upon the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary article. The primary article must be cited in the secondary publication.
The authors have to endorse that all the data in the article are real and authentic. The authors should ensure that they have written the entirely original work, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of other authors this should be appropriately quoted.
Recommendations for avoiding plagiarism
– Use quotation marks around the words taken verbatim from a source.
– Change no part of the quotation within the context of the sentence.
– Use single marks for a quotation within a quotation.
– Use ellipses (a space and three periods) for a part of the omitted quotation.- Use brackets around the added words.
– Limit the use of the direct quotes.
– Do not ignore to mention the appropriate articles in the list of references.
– Avoid paraphrasing.
All manuscripts that enter the editorial office are tested for plagiarism by Anti-plagiarism system. An article must have at least 75% of text uniqueness to be accepted. The evident cases of plagiarized or unauthorized borrowing may result in a three-year or a longer ban on the future submission to the Moldovan Medical Journal.