Plagiarism Policy


JHSS Research journal strictly adheres to the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) plagiarism policy. Research articles submitted for publication in journal, go through a rigorous similarity/plagiarism check process. The editorial team authenticates the plagiarism/similarity check process by using Turnitin software. As per HEC policy the Similarity Score Index (SSI) must not exceed 15%. With reference to using the Turnitin to generate originality reports, highlighting Similarity Score Index (SSI), Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences follows the following policies and procedures:

The editorial team will check a submission for three times only (explained in section 2, 3 and 4 of the HEC plagiarism policy available at their website). Once at the time of initial submission and two more chances ─ subject to approval for further processing by the Internal Evaluation Committee ─ provided to improve the quality of research article. A failure to improve the quality of the paper and to meet the HEC criteria, the Internal Evaluation Committee of editorial board may take necessary action including rejection, penalties and reporting of the matter to the HEC.

After the submission of a research article by the researcher, at the internal evaluation stage, an initial comprehensive Similarity Score Index report would be generated without excluding “Quotations, Bibliography and Matches.” This initial report would help editors to verify the overall Similarity Score Index (SSI). Once the committee approves the paper for further processing, the report will also help the researcher to reduce its overall SSI.

A second SSI report would be generated when a researcher submits the revised research article. At that stage, editorial team may generate SSI report by excluding “Quotations, Bibliography and Matches.” A third SSI report would be prepared, if needed, before the paper is sent for peer review and publication process. Editors are responsible for performing all the relevant tasks related to plagiarism check.