Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian. Academic Journalism, Publication Ethics

Acceptance letter to a Thai Lecturer issued by the Hijacked journal "Ciencia e Tecnica Vitivinicola"

On July.04.2014, Dr. [Redacted], a lecturer from Thailand (Prince of Songkla University) Sent me an email and attached the acceptance letter and Invoice of publication fee he had received from the hijackers of the journal "Ciencia e Tecnica Vitivinicola". He also provided me with a link of online payment to the fake journal.  Of course, I recommended him not to pay any money to that fake website.  


This is the body of the email he received from journal hijackers:


Dear Author(s)

The journal editorial board hereby informs you with pleasure that your submitted article entitled '[Redacted]' meets the required scientific qualifications to be published in 'Ciência e Técnica Vitivinícola' ISI indexed journal. So, we draw your attention to do the following needful steps to publish your paper in our coming issue: 

1st. Please read the reviewers helpful comments in attachment and revise the required items (if any) and then make a final version pdf of your article. The bottom and the top margins for all your pages should be 3.5cm. blank boxes, texts or figures should not cover these important margins where we should print our journal information for each issue. Also do NOT number your pages. 

2nd. Please pay the required publication fee for your article which is (454) USD and remember your transaction ID in case of successful payment. 
PAY the publication fee here: 

*Due to huge amount of works sent to us each month, we publish the accepted papers in order of precedence in payment of the publication fees. So please do your best to pay within the next 3 days. 

3rd. Upload the final version pdf of your article in addition to your transaction ID via the URL below 

Username: [Redacted]
Password: [Redacted]
UPLOAD URL: http://www.ciencia-e-tecnica.org/revisado.html 

We will send you the formal acceptance letter soon afterward and the article publication will be a few days later. 

Prof. Dr. L. M. Carriço 
Ciência e Técnica Vitivinícola Journal (ISSN: 0254-0223)
Office: DIOS PORTOS, PORTUGAL, 2565-191
Coverage: Science Citation Index Expanded (5-Year Impact Factor: 0.479)


My response:

Dear Dr. [Redacted],

This is the first case I receive from Thailand. I hope you do not publish the findings of your great research in such stupid fake websites. Please do not pay them, please forward this message to all of the colleagues in Thailand that may be the potential victims of journal hijacking.


Regarding the methods on how to avoid the hijacked journals, you can click on the title of each of the three articles below, to enter the Researchgate and download their PDF:

1. Hijacked journal list (first edition) 

2. How to avoid Hijacked Journals

3. Bogus Impact factors and fake metrics

The first file, that you may already have it from my site, listed the fake journals that I found till June.12.2014. I have more fake journals that will be added to this list in second edition in July 2014, So, please like my Facebook page or Follow me in Twitter or in Researchgate so that you will be informed when I publish the second edition.

The second file, presents some practical ideas on how to avoid the hijacked journals. This file is published by Walailak Journal of Science and technology in Thailand, and have been shared thousands of times in the academia as it is currently the only reference for identifying the hijacked journals.

The third file, is my short article on Bogus and fake impact factors, that is another scam in the field of academic publishing.

Please share the three attached files  with other scholars, PhD students, lecturers and also it is a good idea that the library of your university share this file in their online portal, as many other university libraries in the world did the same to announce this new scam and protect their researchers and lecturers. Please also forward a copy of those articles to the deputy dean of research and education in your university and any other universities you know.

Warmest regards,

Mehrdad Jalalian



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