[Taxacom] Antw: Re: Warning

Frank.Krell at dmns.org Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Tue Sep 11 11:29:54 CDT 2012


Well, there is come contention about this journal because of the controversial author Richard Wells who is called 'vandal' by some. However here is the record of the National Library of Australia:
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Australian biodiversity record
Journal Bib ID 4785904 
Format Journal,  Online - Google Books 
Description Lismore, N.S.W. : R. Wells, 2002- 
v. : ill. ; 30 cm. 
 
ISSN 1325-2992  
Numbering Note Multiple issues printed per year. 
 
Notes Caption title.

Each issue has a distinctive title.

Issues not produced in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008.

Some issues available online.
 
Life Dates No. 1 (Mar. 2002)- 
 
Subjects Biodiversity - Australia.  |  Reptiles - Australia - Classification.
 
Other authors/contributors Wells, Richard W

Collect from: Main Reading Room (Australian Collection)
 
Call Number: Nq 333.950994 AUS
 
Status: Available
 
Recent Items/issues Held: year 2010, no. 1
 
Items/Issues Held: 2002, no. 1 - 2002, no. 3
2002, no. 5 - 2002, no. 8
2007, no. 1 - 2002, no. 4
2007, no. 6 - 2002, no. 8
2009, no. 1
2009, no. 3
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I wonder what the fake is? It might be a privately published journal with very few printed copies, but so are many journals. Controversial content and rarity is not an indication for a fake.

Frank


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-----Original Message-----
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Uwe Fritz
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:59 AM
To: Neal Evenhuis; JF Mate; Taxacom
Subject: [Taxacom] Antw: Re: Warning

I just want to point out that there is another fake, Australian Biodiversity Record, having a ISSN that does not exist. At least Thomson Reuters got spoofed and lists some issues together with the non-existing ISSN in its Master Journal List. Consequently, some papers appear in the Zoological Record.
Uwe


>>> Neal Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org> 9/10/2012 11:04 >>>
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)
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          is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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