Today we open our section “Personalities” with a story about a liar in science from Iran. Information about his activities was provided to us by the MetaScience organisation (metascience.eu), which summarised the appeal of dozens of researchers from various universities of the Russian Federation and other CIS countries.
We provide information about this fraudster who deceived scientists and profited from their trust.
Farshid Hadi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
+98 938 037 9460
Islamic Azad University Ardabil Branch, Ardabil, IR (there is no information about him on the website of the university)
How did he deceive scientists?
The Iranian fraudster introduced himself as a scientific publication consultant and promised to publish articles to researchers. Therewith, he made a mark-up of $100 and published scientific papers in journals without indexing.
Below is a screenshot of the correspondence concerning this situation
Farshid Hadi is a member of the editorial board of several journals.
- Revista EntreLinguas
- Revista on line de Politica e Gestao Educacional
- Revista Universidad y Sociedad
- Revista Tempos E Espacos Em Educacao
Even though at the beginning of his “career” he was involved in fairly respectable activities, subsequently Farshid Hadi began to engage in outright deception and fraud.
Posing as an intermediary of the journal, he promised to publish articles in journals that have already lost indexing or whose indexing was pending at the time, having the status “On hold” in the Web of Science database. We wrote about this status in one of our previous articles.
According to the data we received, he cooperates with several journals
- REVISTA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA
- PROPÓSITOS Y REPRESENTACIONES
- NEXO REVISTA CIENTIFICA
And with other journals that have not yet been included in scientometric databases, but are planning to.
- ECONOMICS. ECOLOGY. SOCIUM
- REVISTA DILEMAS CONTEMPORANEOS: EDUCACIÓN, POLÍTICA Y VALORES
- ACADEMIC JOURNAL OF STUDIES IN SOCIETY, SCIENCES AND
- REVISTA TURISMO ESTUDOS E PRÁTICAS
- JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY DEBATES
- REVISTA HUMANIDADES E INOVAÇÃO
Important: we draw your attention to the dishonest activity of a person, and not the journals that might not have suspected such an offence on the part of this person.
According to the assurances of the MetaScience organisation, some researchers who fell prey to Farshid Hadi fraudulent activities, had published their studies within the framework of national and international grants. At present, they intend to appeal to law enforcement agencies in the states of their nationality and to the Prosecutor's Office of Iran to bring this fraudster to justice.
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