Preventing the evil of publishing articles in fake scientific journals is not difficult

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Retraction Watch is a website specializing in reporting on the retraction of scientific articles and related topics, belonging to The Center For Scientific Integrity, a non-profit organization in the US, recognized by many prestigious foundations. sponsor credit.

150 fake magazines

Impersonation magazine alert list of Retraction Watch was created from a collaboration between this website and Dr. Anna Abalkina, a researcher on scientific integrity at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin).

The current list contains 150 impersonation journals and will continue to be updated regularly. Notably, in this list, there are journals that many candidates for professors and associate professors in Vietnam in 2021 have published, such as Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education (TURCOMAT), Psychology and Education…

According to Dr. Duong Tu (Purdue University, USA), in Retraction Watch’s list of fake magazine warnings, there are many familiar scam magazines that have been mentioned in the “Scientific Integrity” group such as: TURCOMAT of a dealer specializes in brokerage and buying and selling of the article D.TNH, at position 138. Psychology and Education, a magazine with many candidates for professors and associate professors in Vietnam, is at position 113.

Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitationa scandalous impersonation magazine warned in Pakistan, has a number of candidates for professors and associate professors in Vietnam, at position 140. Multicultural Educationthe magazine with many Vietnamese authors published articles, at position 96. Linguistics Antverpiensiathe magazine with many Vietnamese authors published articles, at position 91…

Hijacked journals are journals that forge the identities, ISSNs, and other identifying information of legitimate journals in order to defraud and collect subscription fees from researchers.

Because of forging and taking advantage of the names and reputations of real journals, rogue magazines can trick inexperienced authors more easily than traditional predatory journals.

The forgery of the journals is sometimes so sophisticated and confusing that databases such as ISI or Scopus also mis-index the articles of these impersonated journals,” Tu explained.

Schools pay non-school authors to have them address these fields. Most international publications purchased in this way are published in predatory journals, which have a reputation for quality and have problems with citation manipulation. In short, they use money to buy virtual achievements to deceive society.

Prof. Dr. Ngo Viet Trung (Institute of Mathematics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology)

Identification is not difficult

Meanwhile, last year, the candidates for professor and associate professor who were discovered by the scientific community and accused of posting in an impersonated journal all replied that they “didn’t know”.

In this regard, many scientists believe that it is not difficult to identify impersonated international scientific journals. Does the professor board know about the problem of impersonating journals or does it know it without warning?

A Vietnamese professor working in the US said: “The State Council of Professors should have regularly updated and warned about fake journals so that fraudulent candidates could not take advantage of the loophole to run post, and argued that due to ignorance, no one warned.

This is not only a problem related to the title of professor, associate professor or the private affairs of the academic world, but more dangerous, it makes the public doubt and despise the real intelligentsia, lose faith in science. science, creating an opportunity for conspiracy theory and pseudoscience to take the throne.

This consequence takes place silently, but the harm is terrible, extremely difficult and takes a lot of time to overcome.”

According to Prof. Dr. Ngo Viet Trung (Institute of Mathematics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology), in the world university rankings in recent years, there are a few young Vietnamese universities.

The ranking position depends mainly on the number of international publications. These schools paid non-school authors to have their addresses listed as these schools. Remarkably, the vast majority of international publications purchased in this way are published in predatory journals, which have a reputation for quality and have problems with citation manipulation.

In short, they use money to buy virtual achievements to deceive society. The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), a network of more than 140 of the world’s leading academies of science, engineering and medicine, rates predatory journals as a global threat to science. .

“Scientific management agencies in Vietnam such as the Ministry of Education and Training and the Nafosted Foundation need to pay more attention to this and take measures to prevent the use of state budget funds to directly or indirectly finance publications. in journals of scientifically dubious publishers.

The State Council of Professors also needs to make a list of suspicious journals to prevent fraudulent candidates using the excuse of not knowing or not being warned to publish in these journals,” – Mr. Trung suggested.

* Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tuyet Phuong (Chemistry Department, University of Natural Sciences – Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City):

Preventing the evil of publishing articles in fake magazines is not difficult

When you need to publish articles in your field, you need to find relevant journals in your field, search for journals in prestigious categories such as Scopus, Web of Science…

In fact, in any industry, they are familiar with that industry journal and know well-known journals, so they often try to publish articles in reputable journals to improve their own research quality.

As for the management agency, if it wants to prevent the evils of publishing fake magazines, it is not difficult when there are independent organizations that gather to make recommendations.

Need to rely on that for reference and should have a screening department from the first round to see if there are journal articles on the black list, like articles they scan every time they submit to journals. plagiarism error.

Many organizations warn of impersonating magazines

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List of impersonated journals listed in Retraction Watch’s impersonation journal alert list – Screenshot

In addition to the list of Retraction Watch Recently launched, there are a number of other sources of information that warn of impersonating and fraudulent magazines:

1. Cabells’ Predatory Reports: This is currently the world’s largest database of predatory and deceptive journals, including more than 15,000 journals. However, this report does not allow free access, but individuals and units who want to access must purchase data rights.

Experts recommend that Vietnamese competent authorities such as the State Council of Professors, Nafosted, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Science and Technology… should buy access to the list of predatory journals. of Cabells to help researchers, national councils for reference.

2. Alert List of University Budget Allocation Commission under the Ministry of Education of India. This committee builds a list of reliable journals for Indian researchers to refer to and select for publication. In addition, the committee also created a list of fake and fraudulent journals to warn researchers to avoid publishing.

3. In 2020 the IAP created the Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences project: https://www.interacademies.org/project/predatorypublishing.

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