Hyderabad: Sting job by scientist Farooq Ali Khan exposes fake journals

  • | Thursday | 11th October, 2018

“It was not intended to be a scientific paper,” he told this correspondent in an email. “It was my sting operation to expose publishers of predatory journals who are churning out fake science for profit.”Open access journals are supposed to provide an online platform for rapid dissemination of latest updates in science and technology. “Predatory journals pose a big threat to the integrity of research.”“These are shameful acts by greedy publishers,” Subhash Lakhotia, a professor of zoology at the Benaras Hindu University, told this correspondent in an email. Their publishers don’t charge the readers as access to these journals is free, but they charge the authors wanting to have their research papers published in these journals. After some bargaining over fees, three scientific journals — ARC Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, and Clinical Biotechnology and Microbiology — published the paper without a second glance.

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