Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 623–624 | Cite as

Scholarly Black Market

  • Shahryar Sorooshian


Fake and unethical publishers’ activities are known by most of the readers of Science and Engineering Ethics. This letter tries to draw the readers’ attention to the hidden side of some of these publishers’ business. Here the black market of scholarly articles, which negatively affects the validity and reliability of research in higher education, as well as science and engineering, will be introduced.


Publication Fake and unethical publishers Scholarly black market Publication validity and reliability 



Author thanks Dr. James O’Hara for his comments that greatly improved the manuscript.


No specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors was received.

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Conflict of interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Industrial ManagementUniversiti Malaysia PahangGambang KuantanMalaysia

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