Predatory journals recruit fake editor

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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.