The US Federal Trade Commission has filed an official Complaint with the US District Court in Nevada charging OMICS Group, Inc. with unfair and deceptive practices. The FTC states that “Since at least 2009, Defendants have published numerous online publications styled as academic journals. To solicit articles and manuscripts from consumers, Defendants represent that various academic experts serve as editors, are members of the editorial boards, or are otherwise associated with Defendants’ journals, and that consumers’ articles are subject to industry-standard peer review before publishing.”
In fact, submitted articles do not undergo peer review, nor are the academics listed on their editorial boards connected with those journals. The Complaint goes on to describe deceptive statements made by OMICS about impact factors and indexing in PubMed Central, as well as their practice of selling registrations to misrepresented academic conferences. Read more.
In their blog post Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers, the FTC refers academics to their librarians. Please contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415 if you’d like help sorting legitimate and questionable publishers.