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Even if a piece of work is authored by you, you may not necessarily be granted to reuse your work, either in full or in excerpts; otherwise you may have committed self-plagiarism. Self-plagiarism can infringe upon a publisher's copyright. If you are not sure what is self-plagiarism, you may refer to the following white paper (by ithenticate):
In iConcept Press, self-plagiarism is strictly prohibited. We will not publish any work that has committed self-plagiarism. If the idea of your work is the same as a published work (even the wordings are rephrased), we may considered it as self-plagiarism. Unless you have obtained written approval from the publisher whom published your work, we will not publish a work which is suspicious of self-plagiarism.
A common question we always received: how different is different? We usually said: if the idea (not the wordings) of two works has at least 30% different, then plagiarism usually does not apply, because one work could be regarded as an extension/expansion of the other work. The meaning of new idea is not simply the addition of proofs, tables or figures, but is the addition of some solid content materials. A good reference is from ACM TODS:
Note that iConcept Press does not have any relationship with ithenticate and ACM TODS.
......broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process. Unlike professional publishing operations, whether subscription-based or ethically-sound open access, these predatory publishers add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models......
According to the article "Predatory Open Access Publishers – the Natural Extreme of an Author-Pays Model", some of the problems associated with predatory publishers are:
Open access and author-pay models do not equate to poor quality. Many well-known and highly prestigious open access publishers (e.g. PLOS, BMC Bioinformatics) also make use of the author-pay model. As Beall noted,
The open-access movement started with good will and good intentions. Unfortunately, it has now been co-opted by a bunch of corrupt schemers who threaten to destroy the foundation of scholarly communication......
iConcept Press utilizes both open access and author-pay models. At iConcept Press, quality is our top priority. We invest our time, energy, and money in maintaining and improving the quality of our publications. We focus on the quality rather than the quantity. For more information, please click HERE