Similarity-Plagiarism Policy

  • It is the author(s)' responsibility to ascertain that s/he has submitted an entirely original work, giving due credit, by proper citations, to the works and words of others where they have been used.
  • Plagiarism in all forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable by LASSIJ.
  • The editorial team routinely screen all submitted articles through Turnitin for similarity and plagiarism.
  • Material quoted verbatim from the author(s)' previously published work or other sources must be placed in quotation marks and be cited appropriately.
  • The similarity shall not exceed 10% (overall similarity) and shall be appropriately cited with the original source(s). 
  • The author(s) must submit a declaration in the author agreement form that the similarity is 10% or less.
  • The similarity from a single source shall not exceed more than 4% as per HEC-Pakistan's policy.
  • If the manuscript has a similarity of more than 10%, it will either be rejected or forwarded to the editorial committee for conditional acceptance.
  • According to HEC-Pakistan's policy, the Chief Editor may allow similarity upto 19% in exceptional cases.
  • The editorial committee may allow the author(s) to address the similarity fairly and according to the journal's requirements.


[Last updated: May 19, 2024]