FORTELL has zero tolerance for plagiarism. All contributors testify that their work is original, not plagiarized from any source and has not been published previously and that it has not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere for consideration for publication.

We strongly recommend that our authors check the contents of the article thoroughly before submitting it to our Journal for publication. We request our authors to use ‘plagiarism check’ software to check plagiarism prior to submission as a preliminary step, although they are not completely reliable. It is recommended that they use the licensed ‘plagiarism check’ software used by their institutions/ universities.

If plagiarism is observed by editors or the peer reviewers at any stage of the publication process, the submission will be rejected, and the author shall be notified accordingly.

Responsibilities of the Authors

  • By submitting their work in FORTELL, authors testify that their work is original research and it has not been plagiarized from any source. Furthermore, the authors also testify that their work has not been previously published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • It must be clearly specified if the article has been written in collaboration with other people. Authorship should be limited to the person who has made a major contribution to the development of the work, and all persons making significant contributions should be included as co-authors.
  • Authors must identify all sources used in the work by citing them properly according to the copyright and publication guidelines. When reproducing any material from different sources such as texts, figures, images or tables, authors are responsible for obtaining permission and must cite the materials’ origin properly.
  • If an author discovers a significant error in the published work, the author is obligated to inform the journal’s Editorial Board in order to either correct or retract the paper.
  • If the article is sent back to the author for revision based on the peer review, the author must do the needful and resubmit within the time frame mentioned by the editor. 

Responsibilities of the Editors

  • The role of the editors is to evaluate the suitability of submitted papers on the basis of their academic merit; and to check whether they meet the aims and scope of the journal.
  • The editors will not disclose information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author or reviewers, or other members of the editorial board, as appropriate. The editors will ensure the prompt handling of the review process.
  • The editors will evaluate the merit of manuscripts for intellectual content without regard to gender, caste, religion, nationality, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation.

Responsibilities of the Publisher

  • In cases of proven misconduct, plagiarism, or fraudulent publication, the publisher, in collaboration with the editorial board, will take appropriate action to clarify the situation, publish an erratum, or retract the work in question.