SCIgen is a free, web-based computer program that instantly creates a fake scholarly article. An Iran-based journal, Applied Research Journal, recently accepted and published a fake article created by SCIgen.
Many scholarly journals — including both open-access and subscription ones — have mistakenly or negligently accepted and published SCIgen articles. But most of them have learned their lesson and now more carefully scrutinize the submissions they receive.
The fake article is entitled, “Decoupling Red-Black Trees from IPV6 in the Producer-Consumer Problem.” The author-fee for Applied Research Journal is only thirty-five dollars, so it’s an ideal journal for someone wanting to easily, quickly and cheaply publish a bogus article like this one.
The journal’s editor is Hossein Farahani of Islamic Azad University. A monthly, the journal published its first issue in March of this year. Its June issue has 19 articles, evidence that you can earn about seven hundred dollars a month by creating a fake journal and accepting everything that’s submitted.
Journal Hijackings Continue
On another note, I learned recently about these three cases of journal hijackings:
I have a more complete list of hijacked journals here.
Hat tip: Dr. Cyril Labbé