The Editorial Staff of JMA Journal recently received a manuscript that had extremely high percentage of similarity, almost identical, with a paper previously published in another journal. This was an obvious case of duplicate submission. We immediately rejected the paper and wrote to the authors stating a deadline for response. However, we did not receive any response. Therefore, we decided to penalize the authors for such a breach of publication ethics as follows.
We sincerely hope and trust that there will be no repetition of this kind in the future.
Yutaka Atomi, MD, PhD and Tsuguya Fukui, MD, MPH, PhD
JMA Journal Editors-in-Chief
(Released online August 19, 2019)