More Duplication of Journal Titles and Conference Names by Predatory Publishers

October 6, 2015
International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP). WASET

A bogus conference with a duplicate name designed to trick people.

Over the past couple weeks I’ve received several emails informing me about two scholarly publishers / conference organizers and their intentional use of duplicate or nearly-duplicate journal titles and conference names.

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Dutch Amoeba Newsletter Hijacked

September 29, 2015
Dutch Amoeba Newsletter Hijacked


The Dutch journal Amoeba: NJN-mededelingenblad has been hijacked. The hijackers have changed the title to Amoeba Journal, stealing and copying the original journal’s ISSN, publisher, and even its telephone number. Read the rest of this entry »

The Decline of Medicine, a Wolters Kluwer Health Megajournal

September 24, 2015
Medicine, a journal published by Wolters Kluwer Health

In need of a cure.

Medicine, a journal published by Wolters Kluwer Health, switched from a subscription model to gold (author pays) open access in late 2014. Since the journal transitioned the pay-to-publish mega-journal model, Medicine has declined in quality and published at least one questionable article.

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Article Spinning: A Plagiarism Technique for the 21st Century

September 22, 2015
article spinning

Be prepared for article spinning.

Article spinning is an increasingly-popular technique for creating plagiarized scholarly articles that plagiarism-detection software doesn’t always catch. It involves using software to copy and rephrase a published scholarly to create a new article. Terms and phrases in the source article are replaced with synonymous ones. Here’s an example.

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