Regional Studies highly discourages any form of plagiarism and duplicate submissions. Hence, we strongly recommend that our authors thoroughly check the article content before submitting it to us for publication. It must be noted here that the manuscripts received by Regional Studies are subject to a similarity check using Turnitin, the report of which is also shared with the respective author(s). As per the guidelines of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the permissible similarity index limit is 20 per cent (wherein < 1% sources stand negligible and ≥ 5% similarity from a single source is disallowed). Please refer to HEC guidelines on plagiarism for further information.