December 1, 2015

Predatory Publishers: “Government Accuses Open Access Publisher of Trademark Infringement”

We like this story a lot. A must read for anyone interested in academic and open access publishing.

From the Science Insider Blog:

More and more companies are popping up an offer to publish a report for a fee but deliver less than expected—sometimes they skip peer review or use editors who do no work—according to critics such as Jeffrey Beall, a University of Colorado, Denver, librarian who keeps a list of so-called predatory publishers. Now, the U.S. government has jumped in as an enforcer, warning one open access publisher to stop misusing the names of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the agency’s employees in promotional material.


One large open access outfit, the OMICS Publishing Group of Los Angeles and Hyderabad, India, which publishes approximately 250 journals, has also come under fire for holding conferences that advertise organizers or speakers who did not agree to be involved.

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See Also:  Jeffery Beall’s List of Predatory Open Access Journals Featured in NY Times Article (April 8, 2013)

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