It was brought to our attention that Dr. Ghulam Abbas from Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology, University of Karachi, Pakistan has exploited the peer-review process in the Journal of Zoology by generating fake reviewers email addresses. This led to an in-depth investigation by the Editorial Team and Executive Council of Zoological Society of Pakistan. The editorial team had written confidentially to all the reviewers at their official addresses, the list of which was provided by the corresponding author at the time of online submission of the manuscript. The editorial team was flabbergasted by the responses of scientists whose names were exploited and proven the intentional fraudulent act of the (corresponding) author.
Based on the mutual consent of the Chief-Editor of Pakistan Journal of Zoology and the President, Zoological Society of Pakistan and Executive Council of Zoological Society of Pakistan, all articles of the fraudulent authors in Pakistan Journal of Zoology are now retracted and have been placed on the watch list for future monitoring.
(i) Abdul Malik, Ghulam Abbas*, Hameeda Kalhoro, Illahi Bux Kalhoro, Syed Sajjad A. Shah and Halima Kalhor, 2017. Optimum Salinity Level for Seed Production and Survival of Red Tilapia (Hybrid) in Concrete Tanks. Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 49(3), pp 1047-1056.
(ii) Hameeda Kalhoro, Abdul Malik, Ghulam Abbas,* Illahi Bux Kalhoro, Sajjad Ali Shah and Haleema Kalhoro, 2017. Evaluation of the Growth Performance, Body Composition and Survival Rate of Juvenile Snakehead (Channa marulius) Fed on Different Feeds. Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 49(5), pp 1871-1877.
(iii) Abdul Malik, Ghulam Abbas,*, Abdul Ghaffar, Sara Ferrando and Lorenzo Gallus, 2017. Impact of Different Salinity Levels on Growing Performance, Food Conversion and Meat Quality of Red Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) Reared in Seawater Tanks. Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 50(2), pp 409-415.
(iv) Abdul Malik, Ghulam Abbas1,* Abdul Ghaffar, Ghulam Dastagir, Sara Ferrando, Lorenzo Gallus, Asad Ali Muhammad, Abdul Jabbar and Khalil-urRehman, 2018. Assessment of Optimum Salinity Level for Maximum Growth and Survival of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus 1758) . Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 50(2), pp 585-594.
(v) Abdul Malik, Ghulam Abbas,* Abdul Ghaffar, Sara Ferrando, Lorenzo Gallus and Syed Sajjad A. Shah, 2018. Effect of Different Salinity Level on Breeding, Fertilization, Hatching and Survival of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) in Captivity. Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 50(2), pp 539-547.
(vi) Muhammad Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Farzana Abbas, Ghulam Abbas,* Arshad Javid, Ali Hussain, Syedah Andleeb, Khalid Javed Iqbal and Muhammad Akmal, 2018.Effect of Different Dietary Protein Levels on Growth and Proximate Composition of the Eggs and Broodstock of Giant Murrel, Channa marulius (Forsskal). Pakistan J. Zool., vol. 50(2), pp 595-602