Plagiarism is stealing others' ideas, text, or results and incorporating them into one's own manuscript. The plagiarized manuscript that is presented with large copy-pasted data is inappropriate and would not be considered for publication in APP.
Plagiarism in a submitted manuscript
Any article under process in APP identified as having plagiarism will be investigated as per the instructions from Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE). This leads to an explanation from the authors, ultimately stopping the publication process. The authors will be given a fair chance to explain and justify their actions. In case of an unsatisfactory response, the article will be retracted. The notice of such retraction will be published online immediately and in the next issue of the printed version of the journal.
Once plagiarism becomes evident post-publication, APP might correct or retract the publication depending on the degree of plagiarism. APP uses third-party services for Similarity Check, which uses software tools to screen submitted manuscripts for text overlap.
Plagiarism in a published article
In case of suspected plagiarism in a published article, the Journal might consider publishing retraction as per the COPE guidelines when provided with an unsatisfactory explanation from the author.