Penetrating the Omerta of Predatory Publishing: The Romanian Connection

TitlePenetrating the Omerta of Predatory Publishing: The Romanian Connection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDjuric, D
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsHOAXES , impact , Peer , PERIODICAL , Predatory , professional , Publication , Scientific , whistleblowing
AbstractNot so long ago, a well institutionalized predatory journal exposed itself by publishing a hoax article that blew the whistle for its devastating influence on the academic affairs of a small country. This paper puts that experiment in context, gives all the important details and analyzes the results. The paper presents the evidence in detail and uses it to analyze the publishing practices of the offending journal, using established criteria for assessing predatory publications. That journal somehow acquired an impact factor and charged money to publish thousands of 'scientific' papers without any peer review. Since the impact factor is the major official evaluation criteria for scientists in Serbia, these papers disturbed the whole academic evaluation process.  This case warns the whole community of the long lasting damage when journals with low publishing ethics are taken seriously. 
NotesDjuric, Dragan 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, Jove Ilica 154 11000 Belgrade Serbia; Source Info: Feb2015, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p183; Subject Term: HOAXES; Subject Term: WHISTLEBLOWING; Subject Term: IMPACT factor (Citation analysis); Subject Term: PEER review (Professional performance); Subject Term: PERIODICAL publishing; Author-Supplied Keyword: Peer review; Author-Supplied Keyword: Predatory publishing; Author-Supplied Keyword: Professional competence; Author-Supplied Keyword: Publication practices; Author-Supplied Keyword: Scientific responsibility; Author-Supplied Keyword: Whistleblowing; NAICS/Industry Codes: 511120 Periodical Publishers; Number of Pages: 20p; Document Type: Article