The Retraction Watch Hijacked Journal Checker – Retraction Watch

Welcome to the Retraction Watch hacked log checker.

Hijacked journals imitate legitimate journals by adopting their titles, ISSN and other metadata. Usually, pirated journals mirror legitimate journals without the permission of the original journal; on rare occasions, however, publishers will purchase the rights to a legitimate journal but continue publishing under considerably less stringent publishing protocols and without clearly notifying the reader of the change in ownership or publishing standards (sometimes referred to as “cloned” journals “). Academics may find themselves publishing in backdoor journals – many of which are fee-based – offering rapid publication and indexing in databases such as Scopus; being indexed in such databases is considered by many universities and governments as a mark of legitimacy.

Tracking these journals is no small feat, but knowing which journals may have been hacked is vital to the world of editorial integrity. Anna Abalkina became involved in the process when she and her colleagues, investigating allegations of plagiarism, came across several titles, including the Journal of Talent Development and Excellencewhich significantly increased its indexing of articles in Scopus in 2020, and Waffen-und Kostümkunde, a journal that quoted an article on psychology absolutely unrelated to the journal’s weapon and costume specialization. Abalkina then began to analyze these journal archives and found overlaps with other apparently pirated journals, devoting huge swathes of time to locating and verifying the validity of journals suspected of being pirated or being pirated.

In partnership with Retraction Watch, Abalkina created the Retraction Watch Hijacked Journal Checker. This resource is dynamic; more journals will be added as their pirated status is discovered. This means it requires ongoing resources, and we hope you’ll consider supporting the effort by making a US tax-deductible donation using Square or by sending a check payable to the Center For Scientific Integrity, along with “Checker.” in the memo field, and sent to 121 W. 36th St., Suite 209, New York, NY 10018.

To learn more about creating the verifier, please see our Methods page. Do you have a title to consider? Please use this form.

Virginia C. Taylor