Predatory Publishers Get Attention of Feds

We have reported here frequently in the past concerning the proliferation of predatory online open-access publishing operations, their use of email spam, and their adjunct conference operations. Frequently we’ve referred readers to Jeffrey Beall’s ScholarlyOA Web site.

Now in a new twist it’s gotten serious: the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has taken notice.

As reported in a recent InsideHigherEd article: “The Federal Trade Commission on Friday filed a complaint against the academic journal publisher OMICS Group and two of its subsidiaries, saying the publisher deceives scholars and misrepresents the editorial rigor of its journals.”

Details of the charges can be found here on the FTC Web site.

As recently as 2013 OMICS was threatening to sue Beall with a one billion dollar claim.

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