Sunday, 14 February 2016

Web Spamming by IEEE and other Academic Publishers

Web Spamming by IEEE and other Academic Publishers

Posted by John Baez

A recent email from IEEE mentions a practice that’s been annoying me
lately: a particular form of ‘web spamming’ by academic publishers, sometimes
called ‘cloaking’. The publishing company gives search engine crawlers access to
full-text articles — but when you try to

read these articles, typically clicking on a link to a PDF file, you get a
‘doorway page’

demanding a subscription or payment.

Sometimes you’ll even be taken to a page that has nothing to do with the paper
you thought you

were about to see! That’s what infuriates me the most. I don’t expect free
articles from these guys, but it would at least be nice to see basic
bibliographical information.

Culprits include Springer, Reed Elsevier, and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers) The last one seems to have quit — but to see why they did
it, check out their powerpoint presentation on this subject, courtesy of Carl

See also


  1. IEEE is converted to a commercial company after 1980! The IEEE is not non-profit organization. They produce millions (or billions) of $ every year and they do not give them back to the SOciety. All these officers of IEEE have much black money in their offshore companies.

  2. Petre Dini, Ph.D., Eng.16 December 2009 at 07:48

    While browsing the net, I found two more fake jour... While browsing the net, I found two more fake journals in Computer Science:

    (1) Computer Science Journals

    (2) International Journal of Computer Science Issues (IJCSI) (


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