Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
Where available, URLs/DOI for the references have been provided.
It is necessary to format manuscript by following APA Specifications by using manuscript template provided by TCSR.
The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
Trends in Contemporary Scientific Research (TCSR) focuses on the original research in diverse fields of History, Politics, International Relations, Education, Culture, History of Thought, Language and Literature, Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Education, Biology, and Law. The journal is published mainly in English language. The authors should ensure clarity and originality of their research. Besides, Trends in Contemporary Scientific Research (TCSR) does not accept articles published or are under consideration for Publication elsewhere. Research published in the Trends in Contemporary Scientific Research (TCSR) solely represent the opinions of the authors and should not be considered to reflect the opinions of the Editorial Board members. You can submit your article through email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit from our online submission process at https://forms.gle/4haHGfUtY8fThrf16 (direct access is given below).
The manuscript must be formatted according to a manuscript template provided by TCSR. Articles must be clearly presented and have the purpose for the readers. The Editorial Board solicits and encourages publication of worthy papers with a length not exceeding 25 published pages (approximately 7000 words). Those of a length exceeding 15 pages, but containing very important results, can be published by the consent of the Editorial Board. If an article contains material reproduced from other sources, the necessary written permission from the author(s) and publisher must accompany the paper.
The first page should include the title of the article, the names and primary affiliations of the author(s), an abstract (not exceeding 250 words), and keywords. All figures, photographs, tables, or drawings should be numbered. References must be in APA format. The in-text citation is required in APA format. Entries in the reference list should be put in alphabetical order or in order of citation. Footnotes in the text must be avoided.
After a plagiarism check and an initial screening for acceptability submitted articles will be distributed for double-blind peer review. Two reviewers write their comments on each article along with recommendations to publish the article, to publish with revisions, or to decline the article for publication. The editorial staff forwards these anonymous reviews to the article author and gives the author further instructions about making revisions, if necessary. Revised texts are re-sent for peer review. Authors should note that the peer review process can take one to two months or longer to complete.
The author has copyrights of the published article.
Screening for Plagiarism
Papers submitted to Trends in Contemporary Scientific Research (TCSR) will be screened for plagiarism using ‘Turnitin’ plagiarism detection tools. TCSR will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism if similarity index is more than nineteen percent.
“Plagiarism is the use of others’ published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the contributions of the plagiarizer. This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, Institutional Review Board applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format. Plagiarism is scientific misconduct and should be addressed as such.
Self-plagiarism refers to the practice of an author using portions of their previous writings on the same topic in another of their publications, without specifically citing it formally in quotes. This practice is widespread and sometimes unintentional, as there are only so many ways to say the same thing on many occasions, particularly when writing the methods section of an article. Although this usually violates the copyright that has been assigned to the publisher, there is no consensus as to whether this is a form of scientific misconduct, or how many of one’s own words one can sue before it is truly “plagiarism.” Probably for this reason self-plagiarism is not regarded in the same light as plagiarism of ideas and words of other individuals. If journals have developed a policy on this matter, it should be clearly stated for authors.” (Adapted from Bella H. Plagiarism. Saudi J Med Med Sci 2014;2:127)
Direct plagiarism is the plagiarism of the text. Mosaic plagiarism is the borrowing of ideas and opinions from an original source and a few verbatim words or phrases without crediting the author.
Authors can adhere to the following steps to report plagiarism:
- Inform the editor of the journal where a plagiarized article is published.
- Send original and plagiarized articles with plagiarized part highlighted.
- If evidence of plagiarism is convincing, the editor should arrange for a disciplinary meeting.
- Editor of the journal where the plagiarized article should communicate with the editor of the journal containing the original article to rectify the matter.
- The plagiarist should be asked to provide an explanation.
- In case of nonresponse in the stipulated time or an unsatisfactory explanation, the article should be permanently retracted.
- Author should be blacklisted and debarred for submitted an article to a particular journal for at least 5 years.
- The concerned head of the institution has to be notified.
Plagiarism could be detected using the Google search engine or one of two programs; iThenticate or Turnitin.