Plagiarism policy


Plagiarism policy of this journal is expressed in compliance with the following requirements:

Plagiarism is when an author attempts to pass off someone else's work as their own. This journal also adopted IEEE definition of plagiarism to deal with such cases. It defines plagiarism as "the reuse of someone else’s prior ideas, processes, results or words without explicitly acknowledging the original author and source.”

Plagiarism can be said to have clearly occurred when large chunks of text have been cut-and-pasted. Such manuscripts would not be considered for publication in international journal Food Science and Applied Biotechnology. Papers with confirmed plagiarism are rejected immediately.

But minor plagiarism without dishonest intent is relatively frequent, for example, when an author reuses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper.

Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals to 'salami-slicing' where authors add small amounts of new data to a previous paper. Self-plagiarism, also referred to as ‘text recycling’, is a topical issue and is currently generating much discussion among editors. Opinions are divided as to how much text overlap with an author’s own previous publications is acceptable. We normally follow the guidelines given in COPE website. Editors, reviewers and authors are also requested to strictly follow this excellent guideline (Reference: Text Recycling Guidelines

In case of 'suspected minor plagiarism' authors are contacted for clarification. Depending on all these reports reviewers and editors decide on the final fate of the manuscript. If the manuscript is finally accepted and published then in order to maintain transparency all these reports are published in the 'publication history' of the paper by following Advanced OPEN peer review system. The FSAB journal editors judge any case of which they become aware (either by their own knowledge of and reading about the literature or when alerted by referees) according to its own merits.

The use of automated software is useful for detecting the 'copy-paste' problems. All submitted manuscripts are checked using iThenticate plagiarism detection software.

Plagiarism detection tools are useful, but should be they should to be used in tandem with human judgment and discretion till the final conclusion. Therefore, suspected cases of plagiarism are judged by the editors "on a case-by-case basis".

Editors have the final decision power for these cases.

In order to know the complete guidelines for manuscript preparation reviewers are requested to use this link: