We have a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, including your own publications, without crediting the original source. Text copied from another source must be reused between quotes, and the original source must be cited. If the design of a study, or the structure or language of the manuscript, was inspired by previous works, these works must be explicitly cited. We are a member of Crossref, and all submissions are checked for plagiarism with industry-standard plagiarism detection software (iThenticate). The manuscript may be rejected if plagiarism is discovered during the peer review process. If plagiarism is discovered after publication, an investigation will be conducted, and appropriate action will be taken following our policies.



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