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CAS released “2024 Journal Alert List” to hit Academic Misconduct

CAS released “2024 Journal Alert List” to hit Academic Misconduct



CAS released “2024 Journal Alert List” to hit Academic Misconduct

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has released the 2024 International Journal Alert List, focusing on issues such as academic misconduct and the impact of inappropriate behavior on the international dissemination of Chinese academic achievements and the effective use of publishing funds.

On February 19, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Literature and Information Center’s WeChat public account “Journal Zone Table” released the 2024 Annual “International Journal Alert List.”

The 2024 “International Journal Alert List” focuses on two categories of issues: academic misconduct that undermines the healthy development of the research ecosystem, such as citation manipulation and paper mills; and inappropriate behaviors that affect the international dissemination of Chinese academic achievements and the effective use of publishing funds, such as the disproportionately high proportion of Chinese authors (comprehensively judged based on factors such as APC fees and journal academic reputation).

The Chinese Academy of Sciences Literature and Information Center pointed out that both of the above-mentioned issues are urgent problems and challenges that need to be addressed in the construction of the research ecosystem. Therefore, the 2024 “International Journal Alert List” no longer distinguishes between different levels of alert risk.

Previously, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Literature and Information Center had released the “International Journal Alert List (Trial)” for the current year three times in 2020, 2021, and 2023.

In contrast, the lists released in the previous three instances did not explicitly indicate the reasons for the alerts, but rather categorized the alerted journals into high, medium, and low risk levels, with the alert risks decreasing accordingly.

According to public information, the purpose of high-risk alerts is to curb academic misconduct, especially in the case of mass-produced papers involving “paper mills”; medium-risk alerts aim to promote the international dissemination of Chinese academic achievements and optimize the use of China’s research funds, with low levels of internationalization among journal authors and readers, as well as unreasonable paper processing fees; low-risk alerts aim to remind scientists that there is a risk of a sudden drop in the academic impact of journals.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences Literature and Information Center emphasized that the determination of the “International Journal Alert List” is based on the principles of objectivity, prudence, and openness. The Journal Zone Table team hopes to work together with the scientific community, research management departments, journals, and publishers to consolidate the scientific spirit and create an academic environment that is upright and clear.

Since 2004, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Literature and Information Center has launched the Journal Zone Table, which evaluates the academic impact of international academic journals through scientometric methods. The design concept of this table aims to correct the neglect of the differences in impact factor values of different journals in the domestic scientific research community at that time.

According to a previous report by the Chinese Youth Daily, the intention of alerting journals is related to addressing academic misconduct and “paper mills.” In a research report released in 2022 by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM), “paper mills” are defined as the process of submitting batches of produced papers to journals and charging fees or selling authorship rights on behalf of researchers, with the aim of providing them with papers that can be easily published.

For example, the Croatian psychology journal “Psychiatria Danubina,” which was listed in 2023, had issues with a series of supplements it published. The journal published 1179 conference abstracts from China in 2021, which had increased to 2068 in 2022. These conference papers claimed to come from several psychology conferences jointly organized by the “Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Psychology” and other institutions. However, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Psychology issued a statement denying any involvement in these conferences. Subsequent investigations found that the domain names of these academic conference websites were not registered, and the registrants only left QQ email addresses. Much of the information indicates that they are fake academic conferences, also known as “predatory conferences.”

CAS released "2024 Journal Alert List" to hit Academic Misconduct


Early Warning Journal List 2024

February 19th, 2024


Journal Title ISSN/EISSN Warning Reason
CANCERS 2072-6694 Citation Manipulation
DIAGNOSTICS 2075-4418 Citation Manipulation
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH 0944-1344 Citation Manipulation、Paper Mill
FUEL 0016-2361 Citation Manipulation
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE 2077-0383 Citation Manipulation
JOURNAL OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE 2075-4426 Citation Manipulation
RADIOLOGIA MEDICA 0033-8362 Citation Manipulation
BIOENGINEERED 2165-5979 Paper Mill
CONNECTION SCIENCE 0954-0091 Paper Mill
MULTIMEDIA TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS 1380-7501 Paper Mill
PSYCHIATRIA DANUBINA 0353-5053 Paper Mill
JOURNAL OF BIOBASED MATERIALS AND BIOENERGY 1556-6560 Paper Mill、Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
JOURNAL OF BIOMATERIALS AND TISSUE ENGINEERING 2157-9083 Paper Mill、Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL NANOTECHNOLOGY 1550-7033 Paper Mill、Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
JOURNAL OF NANOELECTRONICS AND OPTOELECTRONICS 1555-130X Paper Mill、Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
JOURNAL OF SENSORS 1687-725X Paper Mill、Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
MATERIALS EXPRESS 2158-5849 Paper Mill、Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
SCIENCE OF ADVANCED MATERIALS 1947-2935 Paper Mill、Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE 1078-6791 Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
CMES-COMPUTER MODELING IN ENGINEERING & SCIENCES 1526-1492 Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
EXPERIMENTAL AND THERAPEUTIC MEDICINE 1792-0981 Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
FRONTIERS IN ENERGY RESEARCH 2296-598X Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
MATHEMATICAL BIOSCIENCES AND ENGINEERING 1547-1063 Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country
TROPICAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH 1596-5996 Over-presentation Authors of Specific Country

CAS released “2024 Journal Alert List” to hit Academic Misconduct

References:

https://ewl.fenqubiao.com/#/zh-cn/early-warning-article-2024

https://news.sciencenet.cn/htmlnews/2024/2/517664.shtm

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