Cloned publications – what you need to know about them.

Cloned publications – what you need to know about them.


Everyone knows about replicas and fakes of famous brands, but do you know about  science journals faking? How this works and why plagiarism is created described below.

Modern fraud methods are reaching a new level. Thus, fake journals are created that imitate the title, ISSN, the full form of an authoritative academic publication. The people behind this offer scientists the opportunity to quickly publish the results of their work for a fee on the Internet, without review of course. This means that in addition to using an authoritative name, the publication earns on trust of the authors.

            Duplicate journals deceive authors, make them believe in submitting their manuscripts to a genuine and trusted journal. It is clear that the “editors” of these journals are committing fraud and violate intellectual property rights. It’s an offense that can be prosecuted by the law in many countries.

            How does this misuse harm science and scientific research?

            Clones place their articles into scientific databases such as Scopus and Web of Science, and their websites are displayed on portals such as Scimago. Such databases provide research results review from all around the world. They also undermine the scientific reputation of journals and researchers. Researchers use information from these databases for everyday work and consider them to be reliable. Cheaters succeed to promote their illegal content into these databases. It’s like selling counterfeit drugs at a drugstore.

            If Scopus managers detect a “fake” in their database, they remove the journal itself and revoke the indexing. However, Scopus disclaims responsibility and does not inform users that some journal is a clone. Therefore, cheaters continue their activities. In addition, some duplicate journals take money from authors, publish an article on a fake website, but your article will never be indexed.

            How to protect yourself from such “surprises”?

            Always check the journal for uniqueness: check the ISSN, go to reliable links only, make sure about the authority of publication judging by its publications.

            Or just entrust this work to professionals. Specialists from E-SCIENCE SPAСE always help to organize Targeted selection of journals not by subject only, but also by the authoritativeness avoiding all “gray” and “black” editions.

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