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Archives des sciences is Hijacked

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This is actually old news in the topic of hijacked journals. I was the first person who identified this fake in 2012, and I contacted the authentic journal regarding the fake website. Later, the legitimate journal announced the news on the first page of its website, warning authors (and readers) of the fake website. The authentic journal publishes in:  However, The academic hoodlums stole the identity of the authentic journal and designed the fake website for Archives des Sciences at following addresses:

http://www.archiveofscience.com/

http://www.sciencesarchive.com/

This case of journal hijacking was important in that it was among the first attempts of cyber-criminals and hackers to enter this business; so, this case belongs to the history of fake journals.

 

The image below shows a screenshot from the first page of the hijacked journal

 


The following message is the response of Prof. Degli Agosti’s from the legitimate journal of Archievs Des Sciences to an inquiry about the hijacked journal:

 

Dear Sir. 

http://www.sciencesarchive.com is a fake website NOT indexed in ISI. Some people are using our name of our journal (Archives des Sciences), our address, our ISSN and they pretend to be indexed in the ISI thomson reuters system. ISI thomson reuters has created a link to redirect people to our official web site. The editorial board presented in the website is completely wrong. Prof E. Schmid doesn't exist in Geneva! Phone number doesn't exist etc... They have created this website end of last year. They put a lot of articles since 2008 that have been stolen in elsevier's journal to give the impression for an author that this web site is existing since a long time. This is wrong! http://www.sciencesarchive.com will ask you money for a publication that will not be valid and not indexed in the ISI system! Authors should not insert this publication in their CV! The money goes to SCIENCE DATA PYESS LLC, or other groups, via an Armenian bank, which for a swiss journal is highly suspect as you have pointed it out! 

Please inform any academic / official people you know in Iran or your country and everywhere in the world you might know of this bogus site. We can not stop it since it is hosted in the US, and they will move everywhere very rapidly. A police suite will be filled in the very near future at the City of Geneva, switzerland. Only authors should NOT publish in this fake journal. Any information you can provide us will help us to stop this web site so people/authors will not continue to pay for articles that are NOT VALID. 

 

Best regards. 

Dr. R degli AGosti 

University ofe Geneva Switzerland & SPPHN 

Réd Archs Sci. 

 

The content of acceptance letter and invoice for publication fee of the hijacked journal of Archives des sciences is also copied-pasted below:

 

Dear Author(s)

We have finally completed the revision process on your paper entitled 'XXX’(invoice number: GRQv1M7). The good news is that both reviewers felt that the paper could be included in Archives Des Sciences Journal. You are required to pay the publication fee in full (THERE IS NO DISCOUNT POLICIES) before the deadline mentioned at the bottom of this email. If you make the payment before the deadline, we can include your paper in our current issue. Otherwise your paper would not be included. 

*Amount: 550 USD or 400 EUR

*Please note that the publication fee should be paid in full before the deadline; otherwise the article would not be included in the journal. 

*THIS EMAIL IS NOT AN ACCEPTANCE LETTER. YOU WILL RECEIVE A FORMAL ACCEPTANCE LETTER FROM THE JOURNAL AS SOON AS YOU PAY THE PUBLICATION FEE REQUIRED. 

**Put the Invoice Number in your email and inform us after the payment.

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Payment Methods: 

((If you use this method you can have a 35USD discount) Method1.Wire-Transfer to our cooperator partner in Armenia:(515 USD or 390 EUR)

Beneficiary: SCIENCE DATA PYESS LLC

Beneficiary Bank: ARDSHININVESTBANK 'YEREVAN' branch, Armenia

Bank name: AM24745-'Ardshininvestbank' JSK

Address: Isahakyan str 18

SWIFT code: ASHBAM22

EUR Account: 2474501825520002

or

USD Account: 2474501825520001

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Method2. Use the following link to pay the publication fee by Alert Pay (Suggested for American and European authors)

((You might need to bypass the filtering or proxies using VPN or etc.)) Click on our payment URL: (400 EUR)

http://sciencesarchive.com/alertpay/

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Method3.Online payment by Credit cards. Use the following link to send your money: (Prefered link:)

http://novelscientificfindings.com/payment/index.php/550usd.html

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((If you have any problems processing the above URL you can try the following link:))

http://novelscientificfindings.com/payment/manual/550usd.html

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Important Note:

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION THAT THE IP OF YOUR COMPUTER SHOULD BE THE SAME AS

WHERE YOU HAVE PROVIDED YOUR CREDIT CARD.

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Possible errors in payment process:

Fraud codes: 

101 Customer's IP country not match selected country 

102 Customer's IP country in block list 

103 Customer's IP US state missmatch 

104 Fraud card holder 

105 Fraud card number 

106 Customer's browser language in block list 

107 Customer's country in block list 

108 Fraud email 

109 Fraud IP 

110 Fraud phone 

111 Customer's browser in block list 

112 Maximum transactions limit per hour 

113 Hour IP limit 

114 Multiple attempts with different customer details 

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**PLEASE EMAIL US THE PROOF OF YOUR PAYMENT (PAYMENT RECEIPT) AS SOON AS YOU MAKE THE PAYMENT**

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***Deadline: 5 days since you have recieved this email.

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**PLEASE DO NOT REPLY THIS EMAIL TO OFFICE**

For further issues please contact the following emails:

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***Only for payment receipts:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

1. After you make the payment send (the scan of your payment proof or receipt + Final version of your article in both PDF and WORD.DOC formats) in ONE email. [REMEMBER YOUR EMAIL SHOULD CONTAIN 3 FILES: PAYMENT RECEIPT, FINAL VERSION IN PDF (WITH NO PAGE NUMBERS OR HEADERS AND FOOTERS), and FINAL VERSION IN WORD FORMAT]

 

2. THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL SHOULD BE EXACTLY LIKE THE SAMPALE BELOW:

Subject: Invoice Number +Receipt /Transaction No. (Attach) +Final Version (in PDF and WORD)

 

***If you do EXACTLY as above guidelines, you will receive the answer within 72 hours, otherwise we cannot proceed with your article***

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***Only for questions about payments:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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***Only for Technical problems regarding your paper:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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***ALL EMAILS WILL BE ANSWERED WITHIN 72 HOURS OR SOONER, SO PLEASE DO NOT SEND ONE ISSUE MORE THAN ONCE***

*** PLEASE ONLY SEND THE EMAILS TO ONE OF THE ABOVE 3 EMAILS, BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENTS ARE DIFFERENT, SO IF YOU SEND YOUR EMAIL TO WRONG EMAIL, YOU`LL NOT GET THE ANSWER***

***WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO ANSWER ALL YOUR REQUIRMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE***

 

Regards

Prof. Dr. Eliana Schmid

Editor in Chief

Archives Des Sciences (ISI indexed)

Contact Information:

ROUTE DE MALAGNOU CASE POSTALE 6434,

GENEVA 6, SWITZERLAND, CH-1211 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: (+41) 227382110

(Geneva)

 

 


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