Prevention of Plagiarism

Journal Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. Self-plagiarism refers to the practice of an author using portions of their previous writings on the same topic in another of their publications, without specifically citing it formally in quote (

Kocaeli Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi-Journal of Health Sciences of Kocaeli University (KOU Sag Bil Derg) does not start manuscript evaluation process if plagiarism/self-plagiarism detected during editorial assessment since 2018. During manuscript submission process, the authors must upload the similarity reports of the manuscript by using an appropriate (iThenticate, Turnitin etc.) plagiarism software. Universities in Turkey are subscribers of a 'plagiarism software', please contact your librarian. Non-Turkish and non-university submissions please contact for information.

Articles that have a similarity rate of more than 25% are considered plagiarized and are rejected.

From the January 2019 issue, according to the results of similarity report, one of the following three decisions is given about the article:

It is sent to the editor for evaluation.

It is sent back to the author for a correction.

The rejection process is carried out without being taken to the evaluation stage (Articles that have a similarity rate of more than 25% are considered plagiarized and are rejected).

The authors should avoid any violation of the publication ethics mentioned below.

  1. Plagiarism: The journal defines plagiarism as ıt is stated clearly by WAMA (World Association of Medical Journals Editors)
  2. Fabrication
  3. Falcification
  4. Duplication
  5. Salamization