Turkey investigates company publishing 15 journals using fake academic titles


Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (Tübitak) has launched an investigation into a company that publishes articles in return for money in 15 different journals, including 261 articles written by the company’s owner who has no academic title, Hürriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

Tübitak sent notifications to universities about the company, which also has investments in the car wash, pest control, organic agriculture and cosmetic sectors, all managed from one office, Hürriyet said. An organisation named Istanbul Science and Academics Association also uses the same office address.

“The journals say they have international scientific boards. However, it is not clear whether those people on the boards have any relation with those journals in reality. It is unethical for people who work for the journals to have numerous articles published in the same journals,” Tübitak said in its notification.

The company takes fees for articles submitted to the journals and also raises money through payments made for participation in academic conferences organised by the company, according to Tübitak.

Murat Korkmaz, the owner of Güven Plus Grup Inc., used academic titles such as associate professor and professor in his correspondence and published 261 articles in different academic disciplines in his company’s journals between 2011 and 2016, Hürriyet said.

Tübitak also said that the company used the names of prominent Turkish academics on its website to promote itself.


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie Update Scheduled for January 15

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie Update Scheduled for January 15

Samsung is planning to start rolling out the Android 9 Pie stable update for the Galaxy Note 9 ₹ 62,400 smartphone in January 2019. The phone is currently undergoing the beta testing. Additionally, it is expected that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ₹ 48,900 and Galaxy S8 ₹ 36,099-series smartphones will receive the Android Pie update in February of next year. The Galaxy Note 9 will be the third smartphone from Samsung to receive the latest Android operating system, after the South Korean company started pushing the same update for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones last week.

According to Samsung-affiliated Turkish website Guncel Miyiz, Samsung will begin the Pie update rollout for the Note 9 on January 15, whereas the Galaxy Note 8 ₹ 48,900, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ ₹ 32,499 will get the update on February 15. Although it is unclear if the update date is Turkey-specific, but it is quite likely. Still, it does offer a tentative time-frame on when to expect the Android Pie update on the four Android phones. The Turkish website also adds that all the updates are currently undergoing testing. The update dates revealed by the Guncel Miyiz are ahead by one month than what was earlier seen in Samsung Members app.

According to Samsung, the company is bringing the brand new One user interface (UI) with the Android Pie update to its devices. The One UI has been designed to make the experience natural and comfortable for one-handed usage. In addition, the phones will get Android 9 Pie base features like app actions, gestures, smart replies, better notification management, and more.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S9 ₹ 48,500 and Galaxy S9+ ₹ 52,499 owners, who have received the Pie update, are haven’t a great time as some of them are facing battery drain issue and others are dealing with Bixby 2.0 related problems.