Articles that are accepted are checked using antiplagiarism software.
This generates a ‘similarity report’ which shows any matches between text in your article and text in other published articles.
If lengthy verbatim or unreferenced passages from previously published articles are identified during this check, you may be asked to revise the passages. This also includes so-called self-plagiarism, from published articles that you have authored.
If plagiarism is not a problem, you won’t hear from us about it. If it is, you will receive an email detailing what percentage of the text has appeared elsewhere, excluding and including the references. You will also have details of how much of the text has been ‘lifted’ from particular sources.
The editor may advise on which sections need most attention but they may also simply reject based on the report.
Plagiarism is something that RCNi and other respected publishers take seriously, because it undermines the principles of peer-review publishing and therefore of evidence-based nursing practice.