Hyderabad-based OMICS fined $50 million for ‘unfair, deceptive business practices’

A court in the U.S. has slapped a $50 million fine on Hyderabad-based OMICS International, which publishes over 700 questionable scientific journals, many of which appear predatory, for “unfair and deceptive business practices”. The fine comes along with permanent injunctions against most of its activities that are highly objectionable. The company says it will go … Continue reading Hyderabad-based OMICS fined $50 million for ‘unfair, deceptive business practices’

OMICS to translate all Open Access journal papers to Indian languages

The Hyderabad-based "predatory journal" publisher OMICS International's venture to translate papers to a few Indian languages will not be restricted to OMICS and Pulsus Group of journals it owns. Plan is to translate all Open Access papers to Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu and Malayalam. Less than a month after Srinubabu Gedela, CEO of the … Continue reading OMICS to translate all Open Access journal papers to Indian languages

Indian scientific community should act now to stop the journal paper translation centres

Starting centres employing thousands to translate into Indian languages the papers published in "predatory" journals is singularly aimed at gaining legitimacy for a fraudulent practice. Keeping the predatory journal industry in India under check will be impossible unless the scientific community acts swiftly and in full force to stop the first translation centre from becoming operational. Predatory … Continue reading Indian scientific community should act now to stop the journal paper translation centres

Hyderabad-based OMICS group to translate their journal papers to Indian languages

Predatory journal publishing in India is gaining more ground, legitimacy, and credibility. The CEO of OMICS Group, a “potential, possible, or probable” predatory journal publisher, has signed an MoU with the Uttar Pradesh government to establish a centre to translate papers published in their journals to Indian languages. Brace, brace, brace. Predatory journal publishing in India … Continue reading Hyderabad-based OMICS group to translate their journal papers to Indian languages

Injunction against Hyderabad’s OMICS group to stop ‘deceptive practices’

In a preliminary injunction, a U.S. federal court has ordered Hyderabad-based OMICS to remove all misleading claims from its websites. This includes removing the names of eminent scientists who never consented to join the editorial boards of its journals, stating the research is peer reviewed when it is not and claiming its journals are included … Continue reading Injunction against Hyderabad’s OMICS group to stop ‘deceptive practices’

At last, Jeffrey Beall reveals the reasons for shutting down his blog on predatory journals

  Unlike what most people had guessed, it was not a lawsuit from any of the predatory journal publishers that forced Jeffrey Beall, Librarian at the University of Colorado Denver and publisher of the famous Scholarly Open Access blog, to shut down the blog one fine day in January 2017, five years after he started it … Continue reading At last, Jeffrey Beall reveals the reasons for shutting down his blog on predatory journals

OMICS in the dock for duping researchers

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged OMICS Group Inc, a Nevada corporation with Hyderabad, India, as its principal place of business, the publisher of “hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundred to thousands of dollars”. The complaint is also … Continue reading OMICS in the dock for duping researchers