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The full story of 90 hijacked journals from August 2011 to June 2015 (Papers: Jalalian Mehrdad & Dadkhah Mehdi | 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on November 18, 2017


This analysis of cases where reputable journals were hijacked may be a little too detailed for a casual reader but it provides a useful insight into a troubling phenomena.

During recent years, the academic world has suffered a lot from the threats of hijacked journals and fake publishers that have called into question the validity and reliability of scientific publications. The purpose of this paper is to tell the in-depth story of hijacked journals. This paper addresses the hijackers themselves, the methods they use to find their victims in the academic world, the methods they use to collect money from unsuspecting researchers by charging them to publish in hijacked journals, how they hide their identities, and how the academic world can best protect itself from these cyber- criminals. Without identifying specific journal hijackers, we tell the story of how an assistant professor of computer and information science from Saudi Arabia (who holds a Ph.D. from a Malaysian university) and his team of Word Press experts from Pakistan hijacked at least six journals including journal of technology, BRI’s Journal of Advances in Science and Technology, Magnt Research Report, Scientific Khyber, Saussurea, and created one of the four fake websites for Texas Journal of Science. We also tell the story of how some conferences are integrated with hijacked journals, and how a cybercriminal with a fake address in United Arab Emirates used the pseudonym ‘James Robinson’ to mass hijack more than 20 academic journals (Journal of Balkan Tribological Association, Scientia Guaianae, Journal of American Medical Association, Cadmo, Entomon, Italianistica, Revue scientifique et technique, Kar- diologiya, Agrochimica, Terapevticheskii Arkhiv, Ama, Tekstil, Fauna Rossii I Sopredel Nykh Stran, Azariana, PSR health research bulletin, etc.). We also address the European cybercriminal with pseudonym ‘Ruslan Boranbaev’ who hijacked the Archives des Sciences in October 2011 and created the ‘Science record journals’ (to host three hijacked journals Including ‘Science series data report’, Innovaciencia, and ‘Science and nature’; and seven fake journals) for the first time in the academic world in August 2011. We tell how Ruslan Boranbaev designed a systematic approach to mass hijack more than 25scientific journals, including Bothalia, Jokull, Cienia e tecnica, Wulfenia, Doriana, Revista Kasmera, Mitteilungen Klosterneuburg, Sylwan, HFSP journal, Natura, and Cahiers des Sciences Naturelles. We also tell the story how this genius cybercriminal, whom we could call the king of hijacked journals, created a fake ‘web of sciences’ portal in 2015 on a dedicated server in France to launch an automated spam broadcasting machine of calls for papers for his hijacked journals. We also present how the Ruslan Boranbaev created numerous online payment portals for collecting the publication charges of hijacked journals, and cheated the Thomson Reuters to provide hyperlinks to the fake website of three hijacked journals in his masterpiece ‘’. We also tell the story of how someone adopted the Ruslan Boranbaev approach to cheat the Thomson Reuters to create hyperlinks from master journal list of Thomson Reuters to two of his hijacked journals (GMP review: <> Allgemeine Forst und Jagdzeitung: Finally, we present the most comprehensive list of hijacked journals available, including all of those that we have detected from Au- gust 11, 2011 to June 15, 2015.

Jalalian M & Dadkhah M (2015) The full story of 90 hijacked journals from August 2011 to June 2015. Geographica Pannonica, 19(2), 73-87.
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‘Guinea pigs’: experimental implants done despite no approval for human use – The Guardian (Hannah Devlin | October 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on November 12, 2017

Inquiry finds artificial windpipe, arterial graft and synthetic tear duct made by scientists at University College London were used outside of UK

Experimental implants that should only have been used in laboratory or animal tests were sent abroad and used on patients who were treated like human guinea pigs, an inquiry at one of Britain’s leading universities has found.

An artificial windpipe, an arterial graft and a synthetic tear duct manufactured by scientists at University College London were used in operations despite not being approved for use in humans, according to the inquiry’s report.

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Coca-Cola’s secret plan to monitor Sydney University academic Lisa Bero – SMH (Marcus Strom | October 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on November 9, 2017

Coca-Cola has been exposed having a secret plan to monitor research at Sydney University that examines how private companies influence public health outcomes in areas such as obesity.

In a leaked internal email, a paid consultant to Coca-Cola South Pacific writes that a “key action” for the global soft-drinks manufacturer is to “monitor research project outcomes through CPC [Charles Perkins Centre] linked to Lisa Bero’s projects”.

Future monitoring should include planned research on “treatment and prevention of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease”, the email says.

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Medical Journals Have a Fake News Problem – Bloomberg News (Esmé E Deprez and Caroline Chen | August 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on November 8, 2017

With help from drug companies, Omics International is making millions as it roils the scientific community with sketchy publications.

The fascinating back story of Omics. We were astounded by the size of their premises and number of employees.

Srinubabu Gedela was 24 in 2006 and studying for his doctorate at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, on the east coast of India, when he faced firsthand what he’d later view as a scourge plaguing scientists in the developing world. Since the 17th century, medical journals have been the portal through which researchers gain insight into the latest discoveries and best practices from colleagues continents away. But subscriptions to the top publications can cost thousands of dollars a year. As Gedela tells it, he was trying to break new ground on diabetes, and Andhra’s research library was woefully understocked. Gedela comes from Allena, a village of roughly 2,000 people. He was raised there in a mud-walled, sugar-cane-roofed shack by farming parents. How were budding scientists like him supposed to advance, he wondered, without the tools afforded to their more privileged counterparts in the West?

To solve his immediate problem, Gedela paid 250 rupees (about $4) each month for an overnight bus to visit research institutions in Hyderabad, about 400 miles away. The beat-up vehicles lacked air conditioning and bathrooms and jostled over cracked roads baking in 95F heat. More than 12 hours later, Gedela would arrive and pore over the latest issues of publications such as Talanta: The International Journal of Pure and Applied Analytical Chemistry.

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