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U.S. charges journal publisher with misleading authors

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Science  07 Oct 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6308, pp. 23-24
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6308.23

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  • Fake Publishers: Terrorists in Science, how to kill them?
    • Vikash Bhardwaj, Assistant Professor, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India

    Every year millions of scientific papers are published in scientific journals worldwide. With the pressure of publishing their research, many scientists/students are publishing their scholarly work unknowingly in potentially fake/hijacked journals. These predatory fake journals give a very quick way of publishing articles without providing essential editorial and publishing services. The objective of these predatory open access journals (Cyber Criminals) is to steal identity of legitimate journals and make money (1). These cybercriminals have managed to cheat thousands of
    professors and Ph.D. scholars from developing countries, who must be desperate to publish their research for their academic growth (2,3). The lists of such type of journals/publishers are available at which is maintained by Jeffrey Beal and at maintained by Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian (primarily focussing Hijacked Journals). During last several years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of fake publishers/journals and hijacked journals. Recently as per Jeffrey Beal, one potential predatory publisher has purchased two legitimate international publishers (

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