Hijacked journal

Tuesday 15th September 2015

Hijacked journal: Scientists interested in publishing their research should be aware that HFSP does not operate a journal. A recent case of a manuscript submission to a so-called “HFSP Journal” revealed that this is a hijacked version of the former HFSP Journal which existed from 2007 to 2010. This journal has now gone out of business and has since evolved into the Journal “Frontiers in Life Science” operated by Taylor & Francis.

At the end of August, 2015 an email alert was distributed to ask for manuscript submissions to the fake journal containing a link to a fraudulent website that displayed a falsified postal address of the HFSP Secretariat in Strasbourg, France.

HFSP wants to alert the scientific community NOT TO submit manuscripts to the hijacked HFSP Journal and NOT TO PAY any money.

The hijacked HFSP Journal uses the following website:

How can you detect that it is a fake journal?

  1. On their website (see screenshot below), the scammers display a JIF for the bogus journal but the associated link leads to an unrelated page on the ISI Thomson Reuters website.
  2. Archival links that lead you to a login page where you are asked to pay USD 610. All back issues of the real HFSP Journal are freely available via the Taylor & Francis website, which hosts its successor “Frontiers in Life Science”.

Screenshot of hijacked journal website


HFSP in pictures

Friday 28th November 2014

What is HFSP? 

On the occasion of HFSP’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2014, a short movie on the spirit and scientific scope of the Program’s mission was made. What is meant by funding frontier research? Why is intercontinental collaboration in research so important to HFSP?  Past and present members of the HFSP governing committees representing different scientific disciplines and countries comment on the characteristics that are unique to this funding program. The film can be viewed here.


HFSP Open Access Statement

Friday 4th April 2014

HFSP has adopted an open access policy.

At its meeting in March 2014, the HFSPO Board of Trustees approved a statement that explains the Program’s philosophy on open access publishing and provides guidelines to its awardees for sharing results from HFSP funded research projects.

The complete statement can be found HERE.


HFSP supports ORCID

Thursday 22nd November 2012

The end of ambiguity concerning author names is near! In the past there was always the challenge to distinguish between authors having identical names. After the launch of the ORCID registry in October 2012 ( there is more good news for scientists wanting to better organize their bibliographic collection. The collaboration between ORCID and CrossRef, announced on 14 November 2012, eliminates an existing barrier that hampered connectivity between platforms. Upon registration with ORCID it is now possible to search and import bibliographic data from CrossRef. Further changes are on the way or already in place, such as the possibility to use ORCID identifiers in manuscript and proposal submission processes. Several publishers and manuscript tracking systems are already integrating ORCID identifiers.

If you want to learn more about ORCID and the use of unique identifiers we recommend the OA article by Haak et al. in Learned Publishing from October 2012 (259-264(6), Volume 25, Number 4). Concerns about user identity can be neglected because it is not possible to deduce any personal information from the ORCID identifier.

HFSP was an early sponsor of ORCID and supports the concept of mapping scholarly work with Digital Object Identifiers (DOI). As a globally operating funding organization we are interested to follow the publication output of HFSP awardees working in very broad range of research areas. Efforts to track awardees’ publications based on names often produce misleading results (as is described by Haak et al.) or needs additional work to unequivocally match author names with entries in the HFSP awardees database. ORCID identifiers are useful not only to the individual scientist but also to funders like HFSP when tracking research output. Therefore HFSP is preparing to implement an ORCID identifier field into the online application forms for all HFSP programs and we want to encourage applicants for HFSP programs but also current HFSP awardees to register for their ORCID identifier.