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Feds go after science journals for deceptive practices

Peer reviewed? Not so much it seems…..

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FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers

Complaint Alleges Company Made False Claims, Failed To Disclose Steep Publishing Fees

FOR RELEASE August 26, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

The FTC’s complaint alleges that OMICS Group, Inc., along with two affiliated companies and their president and director, Srinubabu Gedela, claim that their journals follow rigorous peer-review practices and have editorial boards made up of prominent academics. In reality, many articles are published with little to no peer review and numerous individuals represented to be editors have not agreed to be affiliated with the journals.

According to the FTC’s complaint, OMICS does not tell researchers that they must pay significant publishing fees until after it has accepted…

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