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Strange users registering to promote advertising

Postby ensilva » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:05 am


I am having a problem that is the following. I realized recently that strange users that are not from the academia are registering in the site of the journal I manage. They fill in the registration form with odd words, none of them make sense, especially the first and last names. Their affiliations may be existing institutios, however, the field "country" is filled in with a country that does not match the location of affiliation institutions. E-mails provided are fake ones. And here is the main point: they fill in the URL field with a address that resolves pages dedicated to advertising of Viagra, easy loans, gift cards, online stores of different bussinesses, and so on. Many of the URLs seem to be hosted in Russia. I removing these users, like 70 of them in one week. But they keep registering many other fake users. I dont know if they have a bot program to fill in these forms, because they keep appearing day after day.

Is any other journal manager having the same problem?

I don't know if this is just advertisement, or if there is any hiden threat in these registrations. Coincidently, after these profiles started to appear, some automatic e-mails from the journal system have been retained by spam filters.

Perhaps this is not a big issue, but I would like to hear other opinions.


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Re: Strange users registering to promote advertising

Postby asmecher » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:23 am

Hi Evandro,

Unfortunately many journals have been reporting this. Ensure that you're using ReCAPTCHA on registrations, which can be configured in There will also be a plugin released in OJS 2.4.3 (due out very, very shortly) that will support blacklists.

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Re: Strange users registering to promote advertising

Postby 2020media » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:00 am

I note that the StopForumSpam plugin is now available and included in 2.4.3

Thanks for that extra help on making it available.

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