Journal hijacking supplemental data

In July 2015, Science received a tip about a new abuse of online scholarly journals: Hijackers are snatching the official Web domains out from under publishers and, in some cases, cloning the journal websites. The exploit is particularly damaging because the Web address continues to be endorsed by lists of reputable journals such as Web of Science, curated by Thomson Reuters. How can a researcher visiting a hijacked site know that it is fake?

An investigation by Science Contributing Correspondent John Bohannon identified 24 recently snatched journal domains, two of which now host fake journals created by hijackers:

Journal Name Hijacked URL Legitimate URL Thomson Reuters listing ISSN Publisher Address
LUDUS VITALIS http://ludusvitalis.org.mx http://www.centrolombardo.edu.mx/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1133-5165 CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS FILOSOFICOS, POLITICOS Y SOCIALES, LOMBARDO TOLEDANO 51, MEXICO, DF, MEXICO, CP 01050
GMP Review  http://www.euromedcommunications.com/ http://www.euromed.uk.com/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1476-4547 EUROMED COMMUNICATIONS LTD, THE OLD SURGERY, LIPHOOK RD, HASLEMERE, ENGLAND, SURREY, GU271NL
GRAPHIS SCRIPTA http://www.nordiclichensociety.org/ http://nhm2.uio.no/lichens/nordiclichensociety/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 0901-7593 NORDIC LICHEN SOCIETY, C/O MUSEUM BOTANY, UNIV BERGEN, ALLEGATEN 41, PO BOX 7800, BERGEN, NORWAY,N-5020
JOURNAL OF PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY http://www.jplantbiotech.com http://www.koreascience.or.kr/journal/AboutJournal.jsp?kojic=SMSMCM http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1229-2818 KOREAN SOC PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY, CHUNGNAM NATL UNIV, DEPT HORTICULTURE, DAEJEON, SOUTH KOREA, 305-764
OREINA http://www.oreina.fr http://www.oreina.org http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1967-0133 OREINA, 29 RUE DE FLAGY, THOURY-FEROTTES, FRANCE, 77940
JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN ECOLOGY http://www.ficuspublishers.com http://ecologyresearch.info/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 2319-1546 FICUS PUBL, ABIYA CHELLIAH, NO 4 108-A, 6TH ST PERUMALPURAM, TAMIL NADU, INDIA, TIRUNELVELI, 627007
LANKESTERIANA http://www.jardinbotanicolankester.org/ing/index.html http://www.lankesteriana.org http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1409-3871 UNIV COSTA RICA, JARDIN BOTANICO LANKESTER, KM 4, RUTA CARTAGO-PARAISO, CARTAGO, COSTA RICA, 7050
SCIENTIFIC TEMPER http://saketpgcollege.org/ http://op.niscair.res.in/index.php/JST http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 0976-8653 K S SAKET P G COLL, K S SAKET P G COLL, FAIZABAD, INDIA, AYODHYA, 224123
ACTA PHYSICO-CHIMICA SINICA http://www.pkuwm-culture.com/ http://www.whxb.pku.edu.cn/EN/article/showTenYearOldVolumn.do http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1000-6818 PEKING UNIV PRESS, PEKING UNIV, CHEMISTRY BUILDING, BEIJING, PEOPLES R CHINA, 100871
ALLELOPATHY JOURNAL http://www.allelopathy-journal.com http://www.allelopathyjournal.org/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 0971-4693 ALLELOPATHY JOURNAL, INTERNATIONAL ALLELOPATHY FOUNDATION, 101, SECTOR 14, ROHTAK, INDIA, HARYANA, 124 001
NUTRICION HOSPITALARIA http://www.grupoaluamedica.com http://www.nutricionhospitalaria.com/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 0212-1611 AULA MEDICA EDICIONES, C/ISABEL COLBRAND, 10-12 NAVE 78 S PLANTA CIUDAD INDUSTRIAL VENECIA-EDIFICIO ALFA, MADRID, SPAIN, 28050
INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION AND SOFT COMPUTING http://autosoftjournal.org http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard... http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1079-8587 AUTOSOFT PRESS, 18015 BOLLIS HILL, SAN ANTONIO, USA, TX, 78258
COCKROACH STUDIES http://www.bcg-online.com http://blattodea-culture-group.org/content/about-cockroach-studies http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1862-6491 BLATTODEA CULTURE GROUP, C/O INGO FRITZSCHE HEINRICH-HEINE-STR 9, WERNIGERODE, GERMANY, 38855
ACTA MEDICA MEDITERRANEA http://carboneeditore.com http://www.actamedicamediterranea.com/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 0393-6384 CARBONE EDITORE, VIA QUINTINO SELLA, 68, PALERMO, ITALY, 90139
DREWNO http://www.itd.posnan.pl/en/index.php?id=110 http://drewno-wood.pl/ http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1644-3985 INST TECHNOL DREWNA, WINIARSKA ST 1, POSNAN, POLAND, 60-654
JIYINZUXUE YU YINGYONG SHENGWUXUE http://www.genoapplbiol.org http://www.journal-data.com/journal/ji-yin-zu-xue-yu-ying-yong-sheng-wu-... http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1674-568X GUANGXI UNIV, EDITORIAL OFF GENOMICS & APPL BIOL, 75 XIULING RD, NANNING, PEOPLES R CHINA, 530005
BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANADIAN STUDIES http://www.liverpool-unipress.co.uk/ http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/bjcs http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 0269-9222 LIVERPOOL UNIV PRESS, 4 CAMBRIDGE ST, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, L69 7ZU
BULLETIN OF HISPANIC STUDIES http://www.liverpool-unipress.co.uk/ http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/bhs http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1475-3839 LIVERPOOL UNIV PRESS, 4 CAMBRIDGE ST, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, L69 7ZU
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF FRENCH STUDIES http://www.liverpool-unipress.co.uk/ http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/ajfs http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 0004-9468 LIVERPOOL UNIV PRESS, 4 CAMBRIDGE ST, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, L69 7ZU
ROMANI STUDIES http://www.liverpool-unipress.co.uk/ http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/rost http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MAS... 1528-0748 LIVERPOOL UNIV PRESS, 4 CAMBRIDGE ST, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, L69 7ZU

The investigation also uncovered the method that hijackers are likely using to identify and track their targets. The code and data below are provided not only for the sake of the reproducibility of this investigation, but also to shed light on an exploit that can be easily stopped through transparency and collaboration between journal publishers and journal indexers such as Thomson Reuters. 

Code:

How to scrape the journal data from Thomson Reuters

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Data:

journals_cleaned.zip