Plagiarism Policy

The Journal of Applied Linguistics and TESOL (JALT) maintains a strict policy against plagiarism to ensure the originality and integrity of published research.

Author Responsibilities

  • Authors must submit original work that has not been published elsewhere and is not currently under consideration by another publication.
  • Authors are responsible for ensuring all sources are properly cited and quoted according to academic referencing guidelines.
  • Authors should avoid self-plagiarism by properly citing their own previous work.
  • Inclusion of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate data is unacceptable.

Detection and Consequences

  • The JALT editorial office utilizes plagiarism detection software (e.g., Turnitin) to screen submitted manuscripts.
  • An acceptable similarity threshold will be established (consider referencing the information found on JALT's website about their acceptable Turnitin rate). Manuscripts exceeding this threshold will be investigated further.
  • In cases of suspected plagiarism, the Editor-in-Chief will contact the corresponding author for clarification and provide guidance on proper citation practices.
  • Depending on the severity of the plagiarism, potential consequences include:
    • Rejection of the manuscript.
    • Requirement for extensive revisions and resubmission.
    • Notification of the author's institution.

Ethical Conduct

JALT promotes ethical research practices and expects authors to:

  • Acknowledge the work of others through proper citation.
  • Clearly distinguish their own ideas from those of others.
  • Obtain permission to use copyrighted material.

Additional Considerations

  • JALT may consider the nature and extent of the plagiarism when determining consequences.
  • Authors are encouraged to consult plagiarism resources provided by academic institutions or style guides.