Authors should ensure the originality of the submitted article, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited or quoted. If, in certain situations, it is important to mention something (for example, results for comparison), the original work should be attributed in the form of citation. Likewise, it is the responsibility of the authors to assure that they are not reporting fake or fraudulent results under their authorship.
- If doubted, the manuscripts submitted to APP can be sent to medical editors who are not associated with APP or other international agencies for authentication of originality.
- Identification of plagiarism to any article under process in APP will lead to the explanation from authors. In case of unsatisfactory response from authors, the article will be rejected.
- For the plagiarized articles which might evade the peer-review process will be retracted temporarily from publication.
- APP follows the guidelines of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for Scientific misconduct includes data fabrication; data falsification, including deceptive manipulation of images; and plagiarism.
- If the scientific misconduct is proved through the investigation at the authors, the retraction process is followed. Expressions of retractions would prominently labelled in all its forms (abstract, full text, PDF). Retracted articles would remain in the public domain. The validity of previous work by the author of a fraudulent paper cannot be assumed.