Plagiarism – that is when someone assumes another’s ideas, words, or othercreative expression as one’s own without referring to original authors and source is a clear scientific misconduct and breach of publishing ethics. Plagiarism mayalso involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action. The articles submitted for consideration in International Problems/Međunarodni problemi may be subjected to plagiarism checks.

Plagiarism includes the following:

  • Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks).
  • Assuming other people’s ideas without stating the authorship and sources in which those ideas are originally presented.
  • Copying equations, figures, or tables from someone else’s paper withoutproperly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author orthe copyright holder.

The procedure in cases where there are clear indications that a submitted manuscript or published article fall under the definition of plagiarism is described in the sections Dealing with unethical behaviour and Retraction policy.