Hijacked Journal List: List of Hijacked Journals and Fake Publishers, First Edition, June.12.2014
Beginning in 2012, cyber-criminals opened a new line in their dirty business by hijacking some journals that are indexed by Thomson Reuters and have their impact factors compiled by the journal citation report (JCR), which is a product of Thomson Reuters. Later, in 2013, the online hoodlums introduced their masterpieces by assigning misleading metrics and fake impact factors to scientific journals. Also, they integrated their hijacked journals with some scientific conferences to show how expert they are in cheating thousands of postgraduate students and university professors all around the world. No matter who they are, they have attacked and tarnished the validity and reliability of published research. This paper introduces the first edition of the list of counterfeit websites and fake publishers (Hijacked Journal List 2014). The methods by which the next editions and future updates of the Hijacked Journal List can be obtained also are presented.