iPensatori – Online Fraud & Abuse Mitigation » Google Scholar is Filled with Junk
In November of 2014, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, published “Google Scholar is Filled with Junk Science” on his blog pointing out what he called a major flaw in Google Scholar’s comprehensive indexing strategy: the inclusion of predatory publishers. These are publishers who “perform a fake or non-existent peer review”
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A 2009 Library Journal article, “Google Scholar’s Ghost Authors”, criticizes Google Scholar for including Ghosts in the Machine, i.e., false names and authors which are the manifestation of the Google Scholar parsing engine.
Google Scholar is being targeted by bad players in the porn industry.
The problem is that Google Scholar’s indexing policy is so comprehensive that it does not properly assess the source it is dealing with. Great approach if you want to just build a massive index, but not so great if you’d like to keep your index pristine and free from abuse.
If you’re a rogue player intent on scoring a free source of traffic, the challenge is to index your site on scholar.google.com. Unfortunately, as we will show today, it appears that more than just one or two players have already successfully undertaken this challenge.
The path highlighted in red is constructed as a result of using the Open Journal System, a journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project.
Trust appears to be delegated based solely upon the structure of the URL upon which the article was discovered.
“Well it follows the OJS link structure so if you can find attributes within the page that resemble the characteristics of an article, say a name and a title, then I’m happy to include this as an article”
If you’re in the abuse field then you already have half a dozen mitigations on the tip of your tongue. So why have they not been implemented?