PLAGIARISM POLICY

ATM Editorial board recognizes that plagiarism is not acceptable and therefore establishes the following policy stating specific actions (penalties) when plagiarism is identified in an article submitted for publication in ATM.

Plagiarism Policy in ATM:

Articles must be original, unpublished, and not pending publication elsewhere. Any material taken verbatim from another source needs to be identified as different from the present original text by (1) indentation, (2) use of quotation marks, and (3) identification of the source. Any text of an amount exceeding fair use standards (herein defined as more than two or three sentences or the equivalent thereof) or any graphic material reproduced from another source requires permission from the copyright holder and, if feasible, the original author(s) and also involves identification of the source; e.g., previous publication. When plagiarism is identified, the Editor in Chief responsible for the review of this article and will agree on measures according to the extent of plagiarism detected in the article in agreement with the following guidelines:

Level of Plagiarism

-Minor: A short section of another article is plagiarized without any significant data or idea taken from the other article.
Action: A warning is given to the authors, and a request to change the text and properly cite the original article is made.

-Intermediate: A significant portion of an article is plagiarized without proper citation to the original article.
Action: The submitted article is rejected, and the authors are forbidden to submit further articles for one year.

-Severe: A significant portion of an article is plagiarized that involves reproducing original results or ideas presented in another publication.
Action: The article is rejected, and the authors are forbidden to submit further articles for five years.

It is understood that all authors are responsible for the content of their submitted article as they all sign the ATM Copyright Transfer Form. If a penalty is imposed for plagiarism, all authors will be subject to the same sentence. Suppose the second case of plagiarism by the same author(s) is identified. In that case, a decision on the measures to be enforced will be made by the Editorial board (Editor-in-Chief, and Editorial members) with the Chair of the Editor in Chief. The author(s) might be forbidden to submit further articles forever.

This policy applies also to material reproduced from another publication by the same author(s). If an author uses text or figures that have previously been published, the corresponding paragraphs or figures should be identified and the previous publication referenced. It is understood that in the case of a review article or an article of a tutorial nature much of the material was previously published.

The author should identify the source of the previously published material and obtain permission from the original author and the publisher. If an author submits a manuscript to ATM with significant overlap with a manuscript submitted to another journal simultaneously, and this overlap is discovered during the review process or after the publications of both articles, the editor of the other journal is notified. The case is treated as a severe plagiarism case. Significant overlap means the use of identical or almost identical figures and identical or slightly modified text for one half or more of the article. For self-plagiarism of less than one-half of the article but more than one-tenth of the article, the case shall be treated as intermediate plagiarism. If self-plagiarism is confined to the methods section, the case shall be considered as minor plagiarism.

The author should identify the source of the previously published material and obtain permission from the original author and the publisher. If an author submits a manuscript to ATM with significant overlap with a manuscript submitted to another journal simultaneously, and this overlap is discovered during the review process or after the publications of both articles, the editor of the other journal is notified. The case is treated as a severe plagiarism case. Significant overlap means the use of identical or almost identical figures and identical or slightly modified text for one half or more of the article. For self-plagiarism of less than one-half of the article but more than one-tenth of the article, the case shall be treated as intermediate plagiarism. If self-plagiarism is confined to the methods section, the case shall be considered as minor plagiarism.

But, an author shall be permitted to use material from an unpublished presentation, including visual displays, in a subsequent journal publication. If a publication is submitted that was originally published in another language, the title, date, and journal of the original publication must be identified by the authors, and the copyright must be obtained. The editor may accept such a translated publication to bring it to the attention of a wider audience. The editor may select a specific article published (e.g., a “science” article) for republication to provide a better perspective of a series of articles published in one issue of ATM. This republication shall be identified as such, and the date and journal of the original publication shall be given, and the permission of the author(s) and the publisher shall be obtained.

The ATM layout editor for the Journal is responsible for maintaining the list of authors subjected to penalties and will check that no authors of a submitted article are on this list. If a banned author is identified, the layout editor will inform the Editor-in-Chief, who will take appropriate measures. This policy will be posted on the website with the instructions for submitting a manuscript. A copy will be sent to the authors with the confirmation email upon initial receipt of their original manuscript. A sentence shall be added to the copyright transfer form to indicate that the author(s) have read the Plagiarism Policy.