Dr A Murat Eren (Turkey, USA) (18-01-2012) —
Yes, I am accusing hundreds of academics who published in WASET for defrauding their Universities and the public funds they obtain
but they don’t care, they have no regrets or shame
There are people who published more than 15 papers in one WASET conference, and listed those publications in their CV’s to get academical benefit
Is this journal for real? : Scientific & Academic Publishing, USA
JANUARY 16, 2012
A. Murat Eren • 2012-01-18 3:58 PM Wednesday
I had been aware of a huge scientific publication laundering organization, WASET (http://waset.org/) for some time.
WASET had published ~6500 papers in less than 5 years from ~4500 academics mainly from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Syria, Egypt, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and various other Eastern Europe countries. I had written extensive articles about this fake scientific organization, in which people can publish articles by just paying the publication fee (~€200), without going through any peer-review process whatsoever. WASET organize fake conferences in fancy places with all legitimate looking paperwork as well, so you can convince your department to release some funds for you to go (see a list of conferences:
http://waset.org/conferences.php) There are people in this organization who published more than 15 papers in one conference, and listed those publications in their CV’s to get academical benefit.
This is where quantitative methods we employ to measure the productivity of a scientist lead us to. These organizations are pretty active and efficient in countries like Turkey, where there is not enough scientific know-how to assess the quality of the body of work a scientist set forth. Instead, ‘number of publications’ and ‘number of citations’ matter the most.
Now, when I look at this “Scientific & Academic Publishing”, I see journals that were under WASET once. WASET had tens of journals a year ago, and now it seems the number of journals they mention on their web pages decreased drastically: http://waset.org/publications.php
My articles about WASET were published/mentioned in newspapers in Turkey and created an awareness about this organization, which probably rendered the name ‘WASET’ sort of useless. WASET had changed its name from its predecessor ‘Enformatika’ for a similar reason years ago. And it seems to me this S&AP bull crap is the new WASET.
Neurobonkers –> A. Murat Eren • 2012-01-18 4:15 PM Wednesday
Thanks for the information. Could you provide links to some of your articles? Are you implying the conferences they are advertising do not really happen? Do you have evidence for this? That’s a hell of a contentious claim and if true means there are thousands of academics defrauding their Universities…
Subject: [neurobonkers] Re: Is this journal for real?
A. Murat Eren –> Neurobonkers • 2012-01-18 5:39 PM Wednesday
Unfortunately all my writings about academical misconducts we see in Turkey, including WASET, were in Turkish; since my original aim was to create an awareness particularly in Turkey.
This was the original article I published:
This was the article that appeared in news papers (including
and it also became a chapter in a book project).
Conferences WASET advertise are ‘real’ in terms of meeting location and time. But the amount of scientific discussions take place in these events are very little, if not completely zero. When I was an undergrad student I volunteered a couple of conferences WASET people organized. This is how it works: you send them a request, they send you ‘legitimate’ paperwork to be provided to the department, department allows you to use your funds to go to this conference, you send them money and papers that are recycled from your old papers or papers that makes zero sense, and they put together a proceedings book for the conference made up by all the -mostly ridiculous, or 0 impact, or completely bogus- papers that were sent. Then people use these publications as ‘academical points’ to advance in their career.
There is evidence to prove that Enformatika did publish articles without any peer-review, there is evidence to prove that Enformatika is the predecessor of WASET, and there is evidence to prove that people published as many as 15 identical papers with slight variations in WASET journals in less than a year. But all these discussions are in Turkish, though. So I would like to urge the reader not to take these claims for certain.
People who published stuff in WASET journals are in academia in Turkey (and in Egypt, and in Azerbaijan, and in Turkmenistan). They have no regrets or shame whatsoever. Yes, I am accusing hundreds of academics for defrauding their Universities and the public funds they obtain.
But they don’t care. Legislations in Turkey are so vague that you can get away with pretty much anything, I mean, this guy can get away with this for instance:
–> see : http://meren.org/tmp/ici/ekinci.png
(this is a little story showing a guy with 8 ‘international journal’ pubications, 7 of which are published in his own journal (moreover, those articles he published in his own “international journal” are all in Turkish, but he holds an assistant professor position in a university in Turkey), or, for instance one of these guys who appear in the retracted paper on the right is still a chancellor in a university in Turkey: http://i.imgur.com/3B1Q5.png).
And you see articles in Nature showing the increase in the number of scientific publications in Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern countries, with bar charts and plots, claiming ‘science is flourishing’ in these regions of the world. Good job at quantifying science, Nature.
Well. These academics in Turkey don’t care about me. I don’t care about them either. What I want to do is to give a perspective to the upcoming generation of students in Turkey, and I am doing it as best as I can, and I am not alone in this quest. However, I don’t have the energy to prove all my points, unfortunately. So, again, I would like to remind the reader to take my claims with doubt.
The only thing that should be taken from these comments is this: WASET might be the predecessor of S&AP.
Thanks for the post,
–> see : http://i.imgur.com/3B1Q5.png
Neurobonkers –> A. Murat Eren • 2012-01-18 8:10 PM Wednesday
Thanks again for getting back, that’s some nice detective work!