Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 287–290 | Cite as

Identity Theft in the Academic World Leads to Junk Science

  • Mehdi Dadkhah
  • Mohammad LagzianEmail author
  • Glenn Borchardt


In recent years, identity theft has been growing in the academic world. Cybercriminals create fake profiles for prominent scientists in attempts to manipulate the review and publishing process. Without permission, some fraudulent journals use the names of standout researchers on their editorial boards in the effort to look legitimate. This opinion piece, highlights some of the usual types of identity theft and their role in spreading junk science. Some general guidelines that editors and researchers can use against such attacks are presented.


Junk science Identity theft Fake peer review Academic misconduct 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mehdi Dadkhah
    • 1
  • Mohammad Lagzian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Glenn Borchardt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Administrative SciencesFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIran
  2. 2.Progressive Science InstituteBerkeleyUSA

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