Hijacked journal

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A hijacked journal is a legitimate academic journal for which a bogus website has been created by a malicious third party for the purpose of fraudulently offering academics the opportunity to rapidly publish their research online for a fee.[1]


In 2012, cyber criminals began hijacking print-only journals by registering a domain name and creating a fake website under the title of the hijacked journals.[2]

The first journal to be hijacked was the Swiss journal Archives des Sciences. In 2012 and 2013, more than 20 academic journals were hijacked.[1] In some cases, forgers find their victim in conference proceedings, extracting authors' emails from papers and sending them fake calls for papers.[3]

There have also been instances of hijacking journals by taking over their existing domain names after the journal publisher neglected to pay the domain name registration fees on time.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b Butler, Declan (27 March 2013). "Sham journals scam authors". Nature. 495 (7442): 421–422. doi:10.1038/495421a. PMID 23538804. 
  2. ^ Jalalian, Mehrdad; Mahboobi, Hamidreza (2014). "Hijacked Journals and Predatory Publishers: Is There a Need to Re-Think How to Assess the Quality of Academic Research?". Walailak Journal of Science and Technology. 11 (5): 389–394. 
  3. ^ Mehdi Dadkhah and Aida Quliyeva, "Social Engineering in Academic World", Journal of Contemporary Applied Mathematics (Invited Paper), 4(2), pp. 3-5, 2015.
  4. ^ McCook, Alison (November 19, 2015), "Can journals get hijacked? Apparently, yes", Retraction Watch .
  5. ^ Bohannon, John (November 19, 2015), "Feature: How to hijack a journal", Science, doi:10.1126/science.aad7463 .

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