Plagiarism Policy

All the submitted manuscripts are screened for plagiarism through the Turnitin software.

HPEJ tolerates 19% of similarity overall and not more than 5% from a single source.

HPEJ observes/follows the ICMJE, PMDC, and HEC guidelines/criteria for all types of plagiarism. The same can be accessed at, and It is the authors’ responsibility to apprise themselves of plagiarism in any form including paraphrasing and self-plagiarism. 

The disciplinary committee of the University of Lahore would deal with cases of plagiarism and comprise of the staff, editors, and the Chief Editor or his representative.

For a plagiarized article in processing, the identification of act will lead to dropping of an article from further processing/ consideration of publication. The author will be required to give an explanation on demand. In case of an unsatisfactory reply, the matter will be referred to the disciplinary committee that may decide the course of action. For published articles, the allegedly plagiarized article will be temporarily retracted from publication and a notice to the effect will be published in the HPEJ. The author will be served an explanation demand. In case of non-response in the stipulated time or unsatisfactory explanation, the article will be permanently retracted and the author will be on the watch. HEC  and the author’s institute will also be notified. In case of multiple submissions, other editors will also be informed. The author(s) will have to provide documentary proof of retraction from publication if such a defense is pleaded. Those claiming intellectual/idea or data theft of an article must provide documentary proof in their claim.

The authors are encouraged to use paraphrasing and summarizing technics and sources should be cited appropriately. Any attempt of plagiarism shall be followed by the rejection of the submitted manuscript.