Screening Plagiarism

All of the articles submitted to KAMASEAN: Jurnal Teologi Kristen will be screened for plagiarism using plagiarism detection tools: Turnitin. The editor will check each manuscript to find out the percentage of plagiarism similarity index before sending it to the review process. In this case, the plagiarism tolerance for each manuscript must be less than 20%.

Plagiarism is the exposure of another person’s thoughts or words as though they were your own, without permission, credit, or acknowledgment, or because of failing to cite the sources properly. Plagiarism can take diverse forms, from literal copying to paraphrasing the work of another. In order to properly judge whether an author has plagiarized, we emphasize the following possible situations:

  1. An author can literally copy another author’s work- by copying word by word, in whole or in part, without permission, acknowledging or citing the original source. This practice can be identified by comparing the original source and the manuscript/work that is suspected of plagiarism.
  2. Substantial copying implies an author reproducing a substantial part of another author, without permission, acknowledgment, or citation. The substantial term can be understood both in terms of quality as quantity, and is often used in the context of Intellectual property. Quality refers to the relative value of the copied text in proportion to the work as a whole.
  3. Paraphrasing involves taking ideas, words, or phrases from a source and crafting them into new sentences within the writing. This practice becomes unethical when the author does not properly cite or does not acknowledge the original work/author. This form of plagiarism is the more difficult form to be identified.

An article that has plagiarism levels between 20% and 40% will be returned to the author for revision. However, if the manuscript has a similarity index more than 40%, it will be automatically declined by the editor. The editor will also check for plagiarism when the author submits a revised version of the manuscript based on reviews from reviewers. This action is taken to ensure that the article to be published has a plagiarism percentage less than 20%.