Under no circumstance will any form of academic plagiarism of another person's work be tolerated.

All articles accepted for publication with SHERM will undergo a "similarity check" using the plagiarism detection tool, iThenticate, which searches over 60 billion websites and 49 million publications from 800 scholarly resources.

Plagiarism Types

If an author is determined to have plagiarized their research, their manuscript will be rejected immediately and that author will be banned from ever publishing with SHERM in the future.

What about Self-Plagiarism?

An article cannot contain more than 20% of an author's original written work that has been published or posted elsewhere. Proper citation of all duplicate material is still required.

Click here to read how SHERM addresses allegations of research misconduct.

Other Ethical Policies Relating to Publication

  • SHERM's Editorial Advisory Board also acts as an independent ethics oversight committee, which will review every issue prior to publication to ensure each article adheres to SHERM's ethics and plagiarism policies.
  • SHERM will always ensure that authors and contributors receive proper credit for their articles. Each author's name will appear in the table of contents and below the title of their article. The contributor's name will also appear on their article's dedicated webpage and will be clearly identified on all other social media platforms.
  • For any complaints or appeals regarding article publication or research misconduct, SHERM asks that these be clearly written and sent to the General Editor via email ( Upon receipt, the General Editor will then call a special meeting of the Editorial Advisory Board to discuss possible solutions to resolve the matter.
  • Any conflict of interest or competing interests by contributors or the Advisory Board will be clearly identified as an "Editor's Note" on the corresponding article. However, if it is determined by the Advisory Board that the conflict of interest has unduly influenced the scholarship or results of the research, the article will not be published with SHERM.
  • Authors must clearly indicate, in a footnote citation, whether they are sharing research data or collaborating with other institutions/researchers before that data is reproducible in their article.
  • As explained in the Copyright & Licensing page, each article's author(s) will retain intellectual property rights over the content of their research. Authors must first receive permission to use (and then properly cite) the intellectual property rights of others.
  • If it is discovered that an article requires minor corrections after publication, then the General Editor will update and correct the online version of the article and then resend a copy to Wipf and Stock Publishers for correction of the print version.

SHERM journal participates in Crossmark, a multi-publisher initiative from Crossref to help readers locate the current version of an article, which means SHERM is committed to maintaining up-to-date and accurate information on its publications. By clicking on the "Crossmark" button next to each article, readers will be alerted to significant changes to the article, as well as view the article's metadata related to version number, corrections, retractions, withdrawals, and any other updates deemed necessary by the author and/or SHERM editors. Clicking on the Crossmark logo (as displayed on the right) will inform readers of the article's current status and may also provide additional metadata about the article.

SHERM will only make updates to the Crossmark metadata will only occur if the changes are significant enough to affect the interpretation and citation of the article. Updates will not occur for minor changes involving spelling corrections, typesetting, etc.

Concerning retractions and withdrawals, SHERM journal adheres to the "Retraction Guidelines" as established by the Committee on Publication Ethics.


Possible Updates:

1) addendums; 2) clarifications; 3) corrections; 4) corrigendums; 5) erratums; 6) expressions of concern; 7) new editions; 8) new versions; 9) partial retractions; 10) full removals; 11) full retractions; 12) full withdrawals

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