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.