Chemical and Process Engineering is a scholarly journal published by the German company De Gruyter for the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). A duplicate website has recently appeared for the journal, and it looks like another case of journal hijacking.
- Hijacked journal: http://processengineering.net/
- Authentic journal: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cpe
The duplicate website does not use volume numbers; it uses years instead. Both websites only have content going back to 2011, though the journal, a quarterly, is currently publishing volume 35.
I could not find any article processing charge information on the legitimate journal’s website and at first assumed there were none. An email I received from the editor, Dr. A.K. Biń, confirmed the hijacking and stated “We have been trying to charge ca. 100 euro per publishing sheet – equivalent to ca. 6 pages of a manuscript.” There are also page fees for figures.
The suspect website has this statement about article processing charges:
Starting from no. 3/2012 of Chemical and Process Engineering, a principle of publishing articles against payment is introduced, assuming non-profit making editorial office. According to the principle, either authors or institutions employing them, will have to cover the expenses amounting to 500 PLN or 100 € for each publishing sheet.
This may have been translated using a machine translator. The suspect website also uses boastful language to entice article submissions. Referring to the journal as CHPE, it says,
CHPE journal is the world’s most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal, according to the 2012 Journal Citation Reports Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2013). Its Impact Factor is 0.394.
How does one stop journal hijacking? Now, in addition to predatory publishers, researchers need to be aware of journal hijackings and misleading metrics. The days of innocence in scholarly communication are past.
Hat tip: Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian
I just learned about this hijacking of a Colombian journal:
- Authentic journal: Vitae, la revista de la Facultad de Química Farmacéutica = http://aprendeenlinea.udea.edu.co/revistas/index.php/vitae/index
- Hijacked journal: VITAE-REVISTA DE LA FACULTAD DE QUIMICA FARMACEUTICA = http://vitae-udea.org/