The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has filed charges against the online publisher of science journals, OMICS Group, Inc.
For details on how to evaluate and identify predatory publishers and journals, see the Center for Scholarly Communication page ‘How Do You Know A Journal Or Publisher Is Legitimate?‘.
From the report:
The rising number of predatory journals has become a major blight on academic publishing, deceiving authors, their institutions, and the wider scientific community.
And now the federal government is fighting back.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in its first such foray into academic publishing, filed a civil complaint this month in federal court in Nevada against one of the largest publishers of online science journals, OMICS Group Inc.
The federal law-enforcement agency charged OMICS, two affiliated companies, and their president, Srinubabu Gedela, with running an operation that routinely tricked researchers into paying fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars for publication in its journals.
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