The Veliger, a print journal published by the California Malacozoological Society, has been hijacked. The hijacked journal is here: http://theveliger.net/
Many of the authentic journal’s earlier issues have been made available by the Biodiversity Heritage Library here, but the journal doesn’t really have a website; it’s a print journal.
The Veliger was an obvious target for journal hijackers for the following reasons:
- The authentic journal is a print journal.
- The authentic journal does not have a clear or strong web presence.
- The authentic journal has an authentic impact factor (0.462).
The hijacked journal purports to be published by “The Veliger Society,” an organization that does not really exist. Its website is emblazoned with the logos of Scopus and Thomson Reuters. The fake journal lists an author fee of $500. Some will publish here thinking they have published in a legitimate journal with an impact factor, when in fact it’s a completely counterfeit operation.
I have no idea who has perpetuated this hijacking or where they are based. The fake journal gives a Santa Barbara address, the same address that appears in Journal Citation Reports, where the journal’s impact factor is published. Recent issues viewed on the Internet indicate a Berkeley location.
Hat tip: Siôn Romaine
Please see my list of hijacked journals here.