Corrupt and Questionable Practices in the Scholarly Publishing Industry

Beall, Jeffrey Corrupt and Questionable Practices in the Scholarly Publishing Industry. Editorial Office News, 2014, vol. 7, n. 10, pp. 10-13. [Journal article (Paginated)]

[img] Text

Download (139kB)

English abstract

This article reports on two areas of corruption in the scholarly open-access publishing industry. One is misleading metrics, which is the creation of companies that supply fake or counterfeit impact factors to questionable online journals. The journals then use these metrics to solicit manuscript submissions that they then charge authors to publish. The second area of corruption is journal hijackings. This refers to someone creating a counterfeit website for an established journal and then soliciting articles for the journal. They then accept all submissions and charge authors. The authors mistakenly believe they have published in a legitimate journal and are victimized by the journal hijackers.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Scholarly publishing, online journals, scholarly metrics, impact factor, hijacked journals, publishing ethics
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues.
Depositing user: Jeffrey Beall
Date deposited: 10 Dec 2014 19:02
Last modified: 10 Dec 2014 19:02


1 Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science. (2011). Правила присвоения ученых званий (ассоциированный профессор (доцент), профессор). [Terms of conferring academic ranks (associate professor (assistant professor), professor)]. Retrieved from:

2 Beall, J. (n.d.). Misleading metrics. Retrieved from:

3 Beall, J. (n.d.). Hijacked journals. Retrieved from:

4 AOSIS Open Journals. (2014). Bothalia: African biodiversity & Conservation. Retrieved from: www.

5 Beall, J. (2013, March 12). Beware of spam email with offers to promote your research [Blog post]. Retrieved from: http://scholarlyoa.



Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item