Plagiarism Policy


The authors submitting manuscripts to ILTJ should ensure that they have written entirely original works. If they have used the work and/or words of others, they are obliged to show that they are appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from passing off another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others.

Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. The manuscripts submitted to Innovations in Language Teaching Journal (ILTJ) for publication will be screened on ITHENTICATE Plagiarism Checker Tool or Turnitin prior to the submission. If the authors have plagiarised at least more than 20 % of the original source, the manuscript will not be eligible for review and publication.  If plagiarism is detected by the editors or peer reviewers, the editor will inform the authors immediately, asking them to rewrite the text or provide any necessary citations.

Publication ethics

Innovations in Language Teaching Journal (ILTJ) is committed to the highest ethical standards. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE), International Standards for Authors ( If you have any questions or concerns about an ethical issue, please contact the journal editor.

Authors’ Responsibilities

Before submitting an article, authors should ensure that they satisfy the following criteria.

  • Authors must claim that the submission has not been previously published, or is considered for publication by another journal
  • If authors decide to submit their manuscript to another journal, they must withdraw their paper from ILTJ.
  • The corresponding author will ensure the approval of the final version of the manuscript for its submission for publication by all the contributing co-authors. Only the contributions of the authors who have made a significant contribution to the submitted work will be taken into consideration.
  • Authors are responsible for the originality of the submitted manuscript.
  • If the authors are funded for the submitted manuscript, they are required to state all sources of financial support they received and the role of the funder.
  • Authors must carefully read the copyright statement and accept responsibility for providing any necessary information during the submission process.
  • Authors need to acknowledge that their data belong to them. In cases where authors do not own the data, they are required to state their permission to use it.
  • Authors are expected to show that they conform to all research ethics guidelines, especially if human or animal subjects are involved in their research. They should acknowledge having obtained proof of consent from participants in their research study.
  • Authors are responsible for providing the ethical approval for their submittted manuscript.
  • Authors are required to state any potential conflict of interest on submission of their manuscript.
  • Authors are obliged to engage in a peer review process of their submitted manuscript by responding to all the comments and any recommendations of reviewers before the given deadline.
  • All contributing authors are responsible for immediately informing the Editor of ILTJ of any error or mistake that occurs after the submission of a manuscript or after the publication of a manuscript.

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  • Reviewers should ensure the confidentiality of the review process.
  • Reviewers should inform the journal editor of any potential competing interest.
  • Reviewers should ensure the objective and professional evaluation of all manuscripts during the review process.  

Editors’ Responsibilities

  • Editors should ensure the conformity of the manuscripts to the ethical policies of their journal.
  • Editors should avoid any discrimination based on the gender, race, color, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation of the authors.
  • Editors should address authors’ complaints and keep any documents related to the complaints.  
  • Editors should ensure the confidential review of their manuscripts.
  • Editors should provide proper guidance for authors and reviewers related to the review process, publication ethics and policies.
  • Editors should handle any misconduct during the submission process. In the case of editors’ detection of any research misconduct or the use of fraudulent data, the manuscript will not be eligible for publication. Editors will issue a retractionnotice, if there is any evidence regarding the unreliable research findings due to error or misconduct; if the manuscript has been previously published elsewhere; if plagiarism is detected in the manuscript, and if the manuscript involves unethical research.
  • Editors will request a correction, in the case of omission of a contributing author or inclusion of an author who has not contributed to the manuscript is included in the author list. If an error or mistake is identified in a manuscript, authors will be asked to provide corrections. When necessary, editors welcome and publish any retractions, corrections, and clarifications submitted by the authors.