As we continue to mitigate against systematic manipulation of the publishing process, Hindawi has today closed four journals, which have been heavily compromised by paper mills. The four journals are Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, Journal of Healthcare Engineering, Journal of Environmental and Public Health, and Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. Furthermore, we commit to continuing our work to retract compromised content from these journals despite their closure.
Discontinuing these journals is not a decision we made lightly. These journals have published Special Issues that have been impacted to such an extent that we feel it is in the best interest of the scholarly community to discontinue them. We know that considerable effort has been put into these journals and appreciate all the editors and peer reviewers who have contributed time and expertise to evaluating legitimate research over the years. We also recognize the impact on authors who have published legitimate research in these journals. All articles hosted in Web of Science will remain fully indexed and we commit to continuing to host all published content on the archived journal websites.
Systematic manipulation of the publishing process remains a challenge for all publishers. Wiley and Hindawi have already put in place significant additional checks to mitigate against future manipulation and are continuing to focus efforts in this area. We continue to retract impacted articles and are committed to correcting the scholarly record as quickly as possible.
You can read more about the actions we are taking to address paper mills and advance journal security in The Scholarly Kitchen.
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