If one wants to submit one's manuscript to multiple journals of a publisher (IEEE, Elsevier, Springer etc.), is it possible for a publisher to detect it? I mean if any publisher keeps a database of submitted manuscripts to crosscheck newly submitted manuscripts with the existing ones.

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    From one of the IEEE transactions: "IEEE takes the protection of intellectual property seriously. Accordingly, all submissions are filtered by CrossCheck, a powerful plagiarism detection software system. By submitting your work you agree to allow IEEE to screen your work. When plagiarism is detected, penalties can be severe and may include strict banning from publishing in all IEEE titles."
    – Younes
    Dec 17 '19 at 10:46
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    I'm wondering why this question was downvoted.
    – Daniel
    Dec 17 '19 at 12:06
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    Related (actually, almost duplicate): How do conferences detect double submission? Dec 17 '19 at 12:30
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    I wonder why you ask. Are you intending to do this?
    – Buffy
    Dec 17 '19 at 12:36
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    It is an extremely dangerous act. I recommend against it. Your reputation will probably suffer. If it is found out by anyone, it will likely be soon known by everyone.
    – Buffy
    Dec 17 '19 at 13:16

Surprisingly enough, they probably can't. Modern Editorial Management Systems can detect multiple submissions to the same journal, even if the previous submission was years ago, but the EMS still only works for that one journal. Inter-journal sharing does happen, but as far as I'm aware, it's not common and even then it's often only the reviewer pool. The editors of one journal cannot see which manuscripts are submitted to the other journal.

If you are detected by the publisher, the most likely reason is because one of the production staff handles both journals and noticed it. Alternatively, it's possible the editors of both journals invited the same reviewer who noticed it.

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    Depending on how narrow the relevant field is, there might also be a good chance that both editors pick the same reviewer, which will equally be noticed. All in all, it sounds like a good way to get blacklisted...
    – mlk
    Dec 17 '19 at 12:08
  • Good point, will add.
    – Allure
    Dec 17 '19 at 12:16

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