Microbes, Infection and Chemotherapy use online software to search for plagiarism (https://unicheck.com/).
Plagiarism is when an author passes off someone else's work as their own. This can also include self-plagiarism when the author reuses parts of her previously published work without proper references. Manuscripts containing plagiarized content will not be considered for publication in the MIC. All authors must take responsibility for their manuscripts.
If an author realizes he has inadvertently made a double publication or plagiarism error, he should contact the editor. It is much better to come forward of his own free will than to have an accusation against him.
If Microbes, Infection and Chemotherapy become aware of a plagiarism case after publication, the journal will conduct an investigation. All complaints of plagiarism are investigated following the COPE guidelines detailed at https://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/plagiarism%20A.pdf. The author, the author's institution, and funding agencies will be notified if plagiarism is found. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the document may also be formally retracted.