The MIT Technology Review has been hijacked. In the last few months, I’ve seen an increase in the rate of hijacked journals reported to me.
This blog post also reports the recent hijacking of a Brazilian scholarly society journal.
The hijacked version of the journal uses at least two variant titles on its website:
- TECH REV: Technology Review journal
- REV TECH Journal
The authentic journal is a subscription journal. The hijacked one copies the ISSN of the original but follows the open-access model, a model fervently promoted by many in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Now this promotion has come home to roost and fostered the hijacking of legitimate journals, including this one based in Cambridge.
Like predatory journals, hijacked journals use the gold open-access model and seek to accept as many papers as possible, pocketing the author fees paid by the corresponding authors. They spam and accept pretty everything submitted. The hapless authors are left thinking they’ve published in an indexed journal.
Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
The hijacked Brazilian journal is the Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte. The home page of the hijacked journal features a (pirated) image of a competitive swimmer:
The hijackers stole the journal’s logo, but in editing it they botched the capitalization in the word Brasileira, an error that, along with other things, betrays the version’s hijacked status.
The authentic version of the journal is (or perhaps was) published by the Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina do Exercício e do Esporte. The journal is also mirrored on SciELO, an interesting … um, neighborhood.
I may have mentioned this previously, but I think it bears repeating: The system of payments from authors is corrupting scholarly publishing and therefore scholarly communication.
Scholarly research needs a dissemination system that does not rely on author-financed publishing. Let’s fix this problem before it’s too late.