Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian. Academic Journalism, Publication Ethics

Ph.D. scholar from Dalian University of Technology (China), asked me about the re-publication of an article that has been published in a hijacked journal

On July.02.2014, Muhammad Zubair Khattak, a Ph.D. scholar from Dalian University of Technology (China), posted to my facebook page asking about the re-publication of an article that has been published in a hijacked journal:


Respected Dr. Mehrdad, I hope you will be in good health. I went through your investigation regarding hijacked journals, and found very helpful, really a great job. I want to ask one question, what the publication ethics says, if some one published article in hijacked journal. Can he/she re-submit for publication in the authenticate journal for proper publication. Thanks


My response:


Dear Dr. Muhammad Zubair Khattak,

This is the timely question of publication ethics. I have already trigegred some research about this situation covering all aspects of it. I am specifically looking to find a solution to help the researchers that were cheated by publishing in counterfeit hijacked journals. We should target the criminals not the victims. So, I am going to find some solutions based on the current publication ethics rules. I hope we can find a way to ensure publishing such articles in new (real) journals will not be considered plagiarism or duplicate publication. I am also working hard to find out whether those authors are obliged to declare to the editor of the new journals that their article was published in hijacked journals when they submit the article to a new journal or not.

I will publish the result of my research as soon as I come to a conclusion.

Keep in touch, and I will update it in my facebook page, twitter, and my official website.



Mehrdad Jalalian



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