The Polish journal Sylwan has been hijacked — sort of. Unlike previous journal hijackings, in this case the legitimate journal has a website, and a bogus website pretends to be the journal’s English edition.
The authentic journal is in Polish and published in Poland. The hijacked version of the website purports to be the “English Edition” of the journal. Sylwan is a forestry (silviculture) journal, and according to its Wikipedia article has been published since 1802, with the current publisher being the Polish Forestry Society.
To trick people, the counterfeit website contains much correct information lifted from the authentic website.
Someone has edited the Wikipedia article to add the counterfeit web address. Here are the two websites:
Do not submit any articles the “English edition” website of this journal. The same website also offers “access” to the journal’s backfile for $650, and I recommend against paying for this content through this website.
Whoever is operating the bogus English edition of the journal is spamming for article submissions. I was forwarded a copy of the spam email above from a friend in Iran. Unfortunately, this website is firewalled in Iran, preventing this warning from being read there.
I do not know who is responsible for this hijacking.