After we flagged a journal that was asking authors to cite the journal in order to boost its impact factor, the journal’s website has now removed the request from its author information page.
We noted on February 9 that the Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology‘s author information page had a helpful suggestion:
Please kindly give some citations related to your written article from any articles published in TIJSAT in order that the TIJSAT’s impact factor can be raised to a higher level.
A few days later, we received a comment that appeared to come from the journal’s email address, saying it had to “give up the suggestion.”
We reached out to the journal to ask if it was, in fact, changing its policy, and have not yet heard back. Meanwhile, that sentence has since been removed from the author information page. We will update if we hear anything more from the journal.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen