[Taxacom] Warning

Neal Evenhuis neale at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Sep 10 16:04:29 CDT 2012


This is not a new scam.

You can read more about the fake Wulfenia here:

http://journalology.blogspot.com/2012/09/will-real-wulfenia-journal-please-stand.html

The Scholarly Open Access blogger, Jeffrey Beall, also wrote about this and another "hijacked" journal recently:
http://scholarlyoa.com/2012/09/05/two-print-journals-completely-hijacked-by-online-hoodlums/

... but predatory journals have been going on for about a year now. If you want to read how open-access has spawned a whole new scam of fake journals and journals with weird titles (even a series of journals from Antarctica), read his blog: http://scholarlyoa.com

It seems some scammers/hackers have glommed on to the act that scientific promotions often require publications in high CI journals and to increase resumes of potential promotees, these predators are using whatever methods they can to prey on these individuals to separate them from their money and line the scammer's pockets with "fees" not unlike the original Nigerian Scam emails.

How do you fake a high Impact Factor? Well, you can buy them:
http://scholarlyoa.com/2012/07/24/why-earn-an-impact-factor-when-you-can-buy-one/#more-552


Yes, definitely comic relief ....

-Neal

On 9/10/12 9:49 AM, "JF Mate" <aphodiinaemate at gmail.com<mailto:aphodiinaemate at gmail.com>> scribbled the following tidbit:

Thank goodness for comic relief. An international criminal gang bent
on striking gold by creating false portals copying taxonomic journals.
I wonder if the ringleader is a disgruntled researcher?

Jason

On 10 September 2012 20:36, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu<mailto:dyanega at ucr.edu>> wrote:
Roland Eberwin wrote:

the websites http://www.wulfeniajournal.at and
http://www.wulfeniajournal.com are not the official websites of the
botanical journal "Wulfenia: Mitteilungen des Kaerntner
Botanikzentrums" published by the Regional Museum of Carinthia. Both
websites criminally usurp the identity of the official journal. They
fraudulently use false informations, a false editorial board and
false publication requirements to encourage authors to submit
articles and to transfer page fees to a bank account in Yerevan
(Armenia).

The criminals use Address, ISSN, Impact Factor, etc of the official
journal. They changed the URL of the Regional Museum of Carinthia at
Thomson Reuters Master Journal List directing users to their
homepage. You can identify the homepages cited above as fake by
checking names of persons: the criminals have severe problems to
distinguish between first names and surnames (eg Editor's name:
Prof. Vienna S. Franz).

Please, don't transfer any money to VTB Bank (Armenia), Yerevan
Branch, Taylors Publications LLC (16048185548601 and 16048185548602).

The Regional Museum of Carinthia is not liable for any offence
undergone by potential authors who would have submitted articles via
the websites mentioned above. Download of articles from these
websites which were published in the official journal Wulfenia is
illegal.

Best regards,
Roland

PS: According to the current thread on e-only publication for
zoology: are new names of taxa published in a fake journal valid?

If we assume that this journal has no printed hard copies, then there
are three criteria for an e-only name to be made available:

(1) Registered in ZooBank
(2) ISSN or ISBN number
(3) indication of the intent to archive, with the external archive
named in the e-document

I doubt that a fraudulent journal would be complying with items 1 and
3, and if they are lying about having an ISSN number, then that -
technically - is not being complied with, either. However, since at
least item #1 is the author's responsibility, if an author has been
tricked into submitting their work to a fake journal, then they might
comply without realizing the problem. It is possible, certainly, that
if the fake journal publishing a real work is archived externally, it
would cease at that point to be "fake" - it would be as real a
publication as any other e-only publication - aside from the usurped
ISSN number. But no one who was not informed that the ISSN number was
being used fraudulently would ever have a way to discern this,
meaning an ISSN number in and of itself is no guarantee of
authenticity (and, I should point out, this is not *essentially* any
different from problems with paper publication!).

If this sort of scenario is a concern, then one potential way to
prevent such problems is to have ZooBank exercise editorial control
at step 1. That is, the taxonomic community can insist (or at least
request) that ZooBank be empowered to refuse to register names from
untrusted sources (at least in cases where it is not an author
personally registering a name), or de-register names that had been
registered under false pretenses, thus rendering them unavailable
(and, obviously, keeping a separate list of these "banned" names).
Normally, such retroactive acts (making a name that was available
suddenly unavailable) are counter to stability, but if it's what
everyone wants and agrees upon, then that changes the picture. If
people *do* support implementation of such a mandate, then I'd
strongly urge interested members of the taxonomic community to draft
a document to that effect, distributed widely and with as many
signatories as possible. Speaking for myself, as a Commissioner, as
long as there is a demonstrable consensus, then there is leverage to
find ways to satisfy our constituency's interests (as in the case of
this recent Code amendment). No promises, but it takes significant
input from the community to change the status quo.

Sincerely,
--

Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
               http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html
    "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
          is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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