With plagiarism a growing problem for journal editors, Elsevier offers CrossCheck*, a plagiarism detection service, for use within the editorial workflow as part of its efforts to support the peer review process and assist the scientific community. Although only an estimated 0.1% of submitted articles are ever suspect--with considerable variation of occurrence between different academic areas--a workable software solution for plagiarism detection can lower the burden on editors and ensure misconduct is caught.
Offered by CrossRef, a non-profit collaboration of over 3,000 commercial and society publishers, CrossCheck uses the iThenticate plagiarism software produced by iParadigms. It allows editors to verify the originality of submitted and published work with its detection software that compares manuscripts against a unique database of more than 30 million articles from more than 200 publishers including Elsevier, IOP, Nature, Springer and Oxford University Press amongst others. Elsevier's contribution consists of 9 million articles and 7,000 books and is continually increasing.
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*Elsevier has no commercial or financial interest in CrossCheck
The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for editors of peer-reviewed journals to seek guidance on ethical issues. It supports and encourages editors to report, catalogue, and instigate investigations into misconduct in the publication process. COPE fosters a deep understanding of publication ethics by offering practical guidance and resources including eLearning training modules, a database of case studies, podcasts of forum discussions, newsletters, and guidelines on retraction, best practices and other critical topics.
To support journal editors in handling actual or suspected infringements of publication ethics, all Elsevier-published journals are members of COPE. Enlisting journals in COPE ensures that editors have an independent source to refer to when dealing with ethics issues. It also ensures the highest standards of publication ethics are met and that all stakeholders, including editors and publishers, follow the Code of Conduct essential to publishing integrity.
For more information about COPE, go to: http://publicationethics.org/
The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) is a single point of access for step-by-step guidelines on publishing ethics that helps editors navigate the often complex processes involved in handling different types of misconduct. It was designed by Elsevier in response to the increasing the number of publishing ethics cases editors have had to deal with, and the growing need for tools to manage these challenging situations.
PERK reinforces and complements COPE's mission and practices and includes:
For more information about PERK, go to: www.elsevier.com/publishingethicskit
As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure all authors understand and abide by ethical standards in publishing, Elsevier has a mandatory ethics statement for all submissions. All authors are required to read and to confirm that they have read and accept the statement. The fundamental principles with respect to the authors' paper include:
To access Elsevier's Mandatory Ethics Statement for all Submissions, click here:
Mandatory Ethics Statement for all Submissions