The Romania malware situation and a brief “halfway” report

In a post about the malware problem in far too many of Indonesia’s open access journals, I included a “PS” noting that Romania had the second largest number of infected journals in the first 4,000, although that number wasn’t very large (9)–and that Romania had the largest number of infected journals last year (11). I said I’d check the remainder of the Romanian gold OA journals and post a similar message with spreadsheets.

I’ve completed that scan (and I’m now not quite halfway through the first scan), and the story is that there are, in all, eleven Romanian OA journals flagged as malware by Malwarebytes Premium. That’s more than any other country except Indonesia, but it’s not a big percentage, and not really worth a spreadsheet. I provide the titles, URLs and publishers at the end of this post, in what is probably a clumsy table. (I believe that these 11 are entirely different than last year’s 11, but it’s possible that some secondary columns didn’t line up right, so I wouldn’t swear to that.[confirmed on 2/13: these are entirely different journals])

Other countries? A total of 14 of the first 5,340 journals–four in Brazil and one each in ten other countries.

Here’s the table, such as it is (if you want to work on these and find the table unusable, send me email at and I’ll send back an Excel spreadsheet):

Title URL Publisher
Romanian Review of Geographical Education Universitatea “Babeş-Bolyai” Cluj Napoca
Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai Negotia Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Meta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Practical Philosophy Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
Modelling the New Europe Babes-Bolyai University
PedActa Babes-Bolyai University
Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai: Series Informatica Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Riscuri şi Catastrofe Casa Cartii de Stiinta Cluj-Napoca
Aerul şi Apa: Componente ale Mediului Cluj University Press
Romanian Review of Regional Studies Cluj University Press
Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai: Educatio Artis Gymnasticae Cluj University Press
Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai: Geographia Cluj University Press

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