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Combatting Plagiarism in Academic Publishing: Dr. Maiendra Moodley Discusses Reviewing Journals

By Cheyenne Heckermann on Aug 3, 2021
Dr. Maiendra Moodley, from the Republic of South Africa, is a reviewer for 20+ IGI Global journals, with specialties in business, security, technology, and more. His research interests span complex financial fraud to the use of technology as an enabler of strategic transformation. These interests were initially inspired by a combination by his own studies as well as his own consulting experiences.

Having been part of nine editorial boards and having served as an ad hoc reviewer with IGI Global on twenty other journals, Dr. Moodley has found that his research interests have also evolved significantly. IGI Global therefore provides reviewers with opportunities to engage with cutting edge research that allows them to self-reflect and grow both as researchers and practitioners.
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What can editors, authors, and other reviewers do to help combat plagiarism?

Dr. Moodley: Plagiarism undermines the intellectual and innovation quilt which links academia to achieving actionable and recognizable outcomes, as it leads to questions over the integrity of not only the study, but the researchers involved as well. Addressing plagiarism is not the sole responsibility of the publishers of journals as they facilitate the dissemination of knowledge. The responsibility remains with the editors, reviewers, and the authors. Authors need to be trained explicitly on what constitutes plagiarism beyond the minimalist approach of requiring their acknowledgement on a disclaimer. However, this training will not assist unless authors accept that everything they publish is a representation of their own sense of integrity and that if they engage in plagiarism, that this also has a reputational impact which affects both the author and their institution. Editors and Reviewers need to expertly know their field of study to the extent that they are able to go beyond the use of plagiarism software to detect articles which have been published before. While this may appear to be difficult, expert editors and reviewers are generally au fait with the literature in their field and can often tell if an article has been published before. The use of the software to detect plagiarism, while essential, should be used in a supporting way, as opposed to being the sole means of ensuring that plagiarism has not occurred.

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of Asian Business
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of Sustainable Economies Management (IJSEM)
What is the biggest challenge for reviewers and what advice do you have for individuals who are just starting in
this role?

Dr. Moodley: The biggest challenge for reviewers is that their ability to contribute positive inputs on the work that they are reviewing is often based on an apprenticeship of observation in respect of how their own writing and publishing process has occurred. The result is that reviewers who have been subjected to stringent standards will enforce the same. Likewise, those reviewers who have had less exhausting standards to comply with, would be willing to allow articles to pass accordingly. An effective reviewer is able to find a way to coherently, cogently and meaningfully provide inputs which address possible shortcomings that the author needs to address without effectively undermining the independence of the author or the study. To achieve this, IGI Global also assists new reviewers by providing standards of how to conduct a good review as well as the necessary guidance from the editors. Reviewers are also able to reach out when they need advice which allows them to address specific challenges which they may be having. This consultative approach ultimately improves both the skills of the reviewer but also the editors involved who are able to coach and guide reviewers. This feedback loop means that the quality of work which reviewers produce and/ or supervise at their respective institutions improves as a result of being familiar with what the standards are beyond their own experiences or the standards of their institutions.

What would you say are the most important things and/or concepts to remember when reviewing a
scholarly manuscript?

Dr. Moodley: An article should be relevant, timely and meaningfully provide a cogent and innovative contribution which is novel. Reviewers need to be able to ensure that a manuscript goes beyond being relevant to the focus of the journal, and that if the manuscript is accepted, that it makes a noticeable and impactful contribution to the field. A reviewer should therefore consider what it would take for such a contribution to be made. If the manuscript does not make such a contribution, the reviewer needs to consider what input and recommendations can be made to provide this guidance to the author.

In your expert opinion, what are the most common mistakes authors make when compiling their work and
seeking publication?

Dr. Moodley: A poor understanding of research methodology, combined with a lack of substantive editing and weak or little critical analysis are the main mistakes which reviewers encounter. The lack of fully engaging with the sources cited often means that authors are unable to demonstrate how their contribution makes a meaningful contribution to the field of study. The result is that even if the work were substantively edited, and other shortcomings addressed, that on the basis of the content itself, that the work may not warrant publication.

What has your experience been like working with IGI Global and how does IGI Global differ from other publishers?

Dr. Moodley: IGI Global differentiates itself by maintaining a strong relationship with its editors and reviewers. It is probably the only academic publisher where you can reach out directly to the managing director and be assured of a direct response. This direct engagement ensures that concerns are addressed. The extensive global representation of editors and reviewers ensures that opportunities are created beyond an individual’s own institution to develop the necessary editorial and/ or reviewer experience. Ultimately, it is this contribution by IGI Global which contributes to improving the quality of research beyond the ambit of its own publications. This is because researchers who gain this experience will not only improve the quality of their own contributions, but will also positively impact on the contributions made by their fellow researchers and students.

Any Additional Comments?

Dr. Moodley: On a personal level, I have grown as a professional as a result of my working with IGI Global. Critical self-reflection to being able to re-examine my own research has contributed to my own self growth as well as my ability to critically engage with other researchers.


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