I have received an immediate reject notice from the journal
ACM CSUR mentioning that my written
survey had 13% similar materials with respect to the online available sources. Passing through the instances one by one, it sounds to me that the majority are just the text of the references to the citations, e.g., "Authors et al. [first_author et al. Year]", some standard terms such as "performance", "tuning", and many standard ACM sections such as the
ACM Copyright section, etc.
1- To be noted that I am aware of plagiarism policy and I strongly support it. However, the fact that we are dealing with a
survey journal instead of a regular computer science experimental research paper made me confused on the outcome of the similarity check and the immediate rejection.
2- The application that does this check is called "iThenticate".
Had anyone experienced the same issue ? Normally what do we do to proceed in this status? Does ACM have a fixed threshold on this similarity score?