Anonymous (Asia) (31-07-2015) —
How to revoke my old paper from a fake journal (http://waset.org )?
author : ramgorur,
asked 2015 Jul 31 at 8:35, edited 2015 Jul 31 at 22:23
It was like more than 6 years ago, I was an undergrad senior in a south asian university, we did not have much internet connectivity back then.
I wanted to publish something on a journal/conference to get a feedback on my undergrad thesis (I was curious to know about the quality of my work) and submitted a paper to one of the journals listed on that notorious waset.org.
I was young and novice, above all, I had no idea that people could do such a scam with intellectual issues like “research papers”, anyway.
but the thing is that when I search my name on a web search engine (google, duck-duck-go etc.), that biggest mistake of my life still comes up on the first page, I am now near the end of my PhD and looking for an academic/research job. So, I wanted to communicate with them so that I can request them to revoke my paper.
However, their site does not provide any specific contact address/person to whom I can discuss with.
I have no wish to resubmit that to any other place, after 7 years now I can understand that my undergrad thesis work was too “trivial” to be “published”.
Is there anyone who is in the similar situation? and is there any way to retract the paper from waset.org ?
any pointer will be greatly appreciated.
Apology: I am feeling very uneasy to share the link of my paper, but their website is provided.
Personally (and I don’t know how other people would feel), I would be wary of holding a publication in a scam journal against you without further investigation. For all I know, they published it without your knowledge.
– Davidmh Jul 31 at 10:50
If you consider that the biggest mistake of your life, you’re doing pretty well for yourself so far… 😛
– Mason Wheeler Jul 31 at 14:20
@Davidmh I hope people will realize that, because as far as I remember I did not sign any consent form with waset, it was long ago.
– ramgorur Jul 31 at 22:23
I think there is something you can do to help yourself in this situation.
You could contact Google and ask if they would remove this particular search hit from their cache. As a result your paper will not come up when people search your name in Google. Of course your paper will still exist in their server but I think that a major part of the potential damage can be avoided since I would believe that people do not intentionally go the predator publishers website to search anyones articles.
Here are the instructions to contact Google: https://support.google.com/websearch/troubleshooter/3111061?hl=en
— answered : arkiaamu Jul 31 at 10:05
Reading their removal policies, I’m not sure if an embarassing publication is the kind of thing they would remove. But I guess it’s worth a try.
– mhwombat Jul 31 at 10:33
@mhwombat I think it definitely worth of try. If celebrities get their pictures removed, I guess this should be valid also. Especially in the context of “predator publisher”
– arkiaamu Jul 31 at 10:37
Moreover this is about removing one particular hit from the Google cache, not a two dozens of hits
– arkiaamu Jul 31 at 10:40
@ramgorur, if you ask Google to remove this search hit, please let us know whether or not they do so.
– mhwombat Jul 31 at 10:44
@mhwombat According to Google’s policy, it’s unlikely that it will be removed because it 1. doesn’t violate any laws (unless the fake journal is breaking the law by publishing?), and 2. doesn’t expose any personal information other than that which would normally be exposed if you published anywhere else. Furthermore, most other search engines (Yahoo, Bing, etc) will have indexed it as well. In fact, Google will probably re-index it because waset.org still exists and has the journal available via link.
– Chris Cirefice Jul 31 at 15:00
good idea, I will try this way and will update if anything good happens.
– ramgorur Jul 31 at 22:21
If it’s not their IP to publish, and the author has withdrawn reproduction rights, then they are indeed breaking the law, and stuff like DMCA takedowns will work. I used one once to take down my own work from geocities when someone guessed and changed my Yahoo password.
– Dewi Morgan Aug 1 at 0:28
Of course you can try to contact the conference ‘organizers’, but I am afraid that a scam conference, like waset (which is an anagram for waste), will not revoke your paper.
I would suggest that you leave the paper out from any list that you can control (your website, your university’s website, your cv, your google scholar profile, etc).
Try to focus on your genuine papers. As that list grows, the trivial one will become less and less visible.
— answered : Danny Ruijters Jul 31 at 9:37
yes, that’s why waset people do not keep any contact point, in the meantime I will try to take the google approach.
– ramgorur Jul 31 at 22:20