Indian Journal of Dental Research

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 443-

A word of caution on the new scam on authorship


Vijay Prakash Mathur 
 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Centre for Dental Education and Research, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Vijay Prakash Mathur
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Centre for Dental Education and Research, AIIMS, New Delhi
India




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Mathur VP. A word of caution on the new scam on authorship.Indian J Dent Res 2015;26:443-443


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Sir,

I would like to bring the attention of the readers toward a new type of scams being run in our profession these days. It is just like the infamous “Nigeria scam” or “Lottery scam” being conducted through fake E-mails, phone numbers, etc., Some of us must have received messages from so-called “authors” looking for “co-authors” or the advertisement on “authorship available.” The modus operandi of these people is to take a huge amount in the name of 'authorship' and then vanish in the dark.

The most popular of such messages announce “authorship available for a highly indexed (PubMed) journal.” It is mentioned that the paper has been accepted, but the amount required as “publication fee” is quite high leading to the authors seeking financial help and in return, they offer first or co-authorship. Even the adverts might also mention the agreement of Chief Editor for change/addition/sequence alteration for authors. The need for publication in order to get promoted is so high that our fellow colleagues fall in the trap and they end up paying the amount (sometimes up to Rs. 75,000/-) by depositing in an electronic account. Once the amount is deposited, the mail and phone number becomes nonresponsive.

In the recent years, the number of publications required for promotion has probably led to opening of such malpractices and in the absence of adequate training and facilities, faculty members are unable to conduct ethical research. Therefore, it is high time that we wake up, take strong steps to promote research by creating a positive environment and opportunities for all of us. Lastly, a word of caution for all readers: Do not fall prey to such advertisements.