Iceland Professor in Hot Water for Publishing in Predatory Journals


Avoid getting in hot water.

Iceland business professor Þórhallur Örn Guðlaugsson has gotten himself in some hot water recently. Guðlaugsson, a business professor at the University of Iceland, has published articles in predatory journals and presumably taken academic credit for them, according to the Iceland news source DV.

Guðlaugsson has published papers in journals published by the so-called Center for Promoting Ideas, an open-access publisher included on my list. He also has articles in journals published by the so-called International Academy of Business and Economics,  based in Turlock, California, also on my list.

Both of these questionable publishers lure researchers into thinking they are leading publishers by using these grandiose names for their publishing businesses.

After Icelandic media outlets broke the story, Guðlaugsson removed his list of publications from his website. The publications appeared behind the Rannsóknir (research) link, but the link is now dead.

However, the page was easily accessible using the Wayback Machine.

I’ve re-published Guðlaugsson’s Ritrýndar fræðigreinar (research) page here. It shows numerous publications in questionable journals. Also, some of his published articles appear to have disappeared from the internet, an increasing problem with predatory journals.

The lessons here are these: Never take the easy way out and get quick and easy publications by sending articles to predatory journals. At some point in the future, these publications will be found out and they will come back to hurt you.

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7 Responses to Iceland Professor in Hot Water for Publishing in Predatory Journals

  1. tekija says:

    Also note that the publication frequency has exploded to 10 papers per year from a few in just two years. Should one look also for (self) plagiarism?

  2. Hang on, JIFS, published by IABE, isn’t an Open Access journal. It’s a print journal, available online only through aggregators like EBSCO and Gale (who presumably digitise the print). The PDFs on Guðlaugsson’s web page were clearly scanned from print issues.

    • Terry, thanks for this correction. It looks like they changed model. I am seeing a new category of journals like this. Their content is not open-access, and the only way to access them is through ProQuest, if you library happens to have a subscription. Most of the journals are obscure, like these, and few libraries subscribe to them, even in packages. And the articles are not for sale individually on the publisher’s websites either.

  3. Kasper says:

    There were some reports of Prof. Guðlaugsson also here in the Netherlands. I hope he learns out of this leassons. A man of his reputation should not fall in such traps..

  4. dzetland says:

    You point out that the professor has been criticized for publishing in dubious outlets and that he’s taken his articles down, but does that mean he’s guilty of collaboration and fraud or lazy in a hurry? It may be good to ask him to make a statement (or find one he’s made), so that you don’t look like a vigilante.

  5. Jordi says:

    I’ve been to those hot springs in Iceland Ironically, they are not “real” but are the manufactured result of excess heat from an energy project. Still comfy though.

  6. […] published this article in a journal, which is also on Beal’s list. It is poignant that an Icelandic scholar really got into problems because of this. Some other examples: this article, CIR world also features on Beal’s list […]

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