Predatory journals recruit fake editor

Dominique Daniel Discussion

New study on predatory journals:

Piotr Sorokowski, Emanuel Kulczycki, Agnieszka Sorokowska & Katarzyna Pisanski, "Predatory Journals Recruit Fake Editor," Nature 543 (March 2017): 481-483. doi:10.1038/543481a

"An investigation finds that dozens of academic titles offered 'Dr Fraud' — a sham, unqualified scientist — a place on their editorial board. Katarzyna Pisanski and colleagues report."

There is also a New York Times article on this study: Gina Kolata, "A Scholarly Sting Operation Shines a Light on ‘Predatory’ Journals," New York Times, March 22, 2017,




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Predatory journals are a serious problem for services like H-Net. Despite our editorial processes, there have been times when a less-than-reputable journal is able to post a CFP on H-Net. Not long ago, a journal called "The Historian" posted a CFP ( ). This is not actual THE Historian, but rather a fraudulent journal using the same name. A few months ago, there was also a posting for International Journal of Research and Education (…) . A look at its editorial board ( ) suggests it isn't above board. Most egregious to me, the overtly predatory journal company "journals of scientifcs [sic] rd" has been able to get onto H-Net a few times (… ). Just a glance at their web page ( makes it clear this is a predatory journal - note they misspelled Holocaust, and publish in the area of "women studies and so on". A search on Google Maps shows their "office" address is an apt complex.

With the Beall list of predatory publishers gone (… ), we as a profession need to be especially active against these fraudulent journals. About a month ago, I noticed that the journals of scientifcs [sic] rd was fraudulently claiming an association with Thomson Reuters, and claiming that their journal is indexed in ERIC (… ). They even displayed the Thomson Reuters logo on their journal main page. Grumpy librarian that I am, I contacted Thomson Reuters directly about this, and within a month the TR logo was removed. The moral of that story: we can crack down on these fraudulent journals by taking direct action (like contacting TR), and by refusing to post/spread their CFPs, especially here on H-Net.