OMICS Goes from “Predatory Publishing” to “Predatory Meetings”

Stay Away From OMICS' Conferences

Stay Away From OMICS’ Conferences

In earlier blog posts I’ve described and documented examples of OMICS Group’s unethical practices, including sending personal invitations to potential authors to submit manuscripts without informing them of the author fees, only to invoice them after their papers get quickly accepted. This was also reported in an article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education called “‘Predatory’ Online Journals Lure Scholars Who Are Eager to Publish.”

Now new evidence has surfaced revealing that OMICS, which is also in the business of organizing scientific conferences, has been 1) using the names of scientists, oftentimes without their permission, to invite participants to their meetings, 2) promoting their meetings by giving them names that are deceptively similar to other well-established meetings that have been held for years by scientific societies, and 3) refusing to refund registration fees, even if their meetings are cancelled.

First, OMICS implies that its editorial board members are conference organizers by placing their names and photographs on their conference web pages, and by sending email invitations to their meetings which are “signed” by members of the editorial boards. However, many of these people never agreed to be meeting organizers, and some have never even agreed to be become OMICS editorial board members.

For example, one scientist who does not wish to be named wrote the following to OMICS:

“I have requested/demanded resignation from this Editorial board several times, via emails and phone calls. I have also been promised that my name would be pulled off the Editorial Board and all forms of events associated with OMICS. I am extremely disappointed and outraged to learn that you still list me as a member. Here, I request again, take an immediate action to remove my name from the editorial board!”

Finally, after several phone calls, the scientist’s name was removed and she was assured that it would no longer be used. However, just four days later OMICS sent email invitations to one of their meetings which included her name as one of the signers, implying the invitation came from her and other editorial board members.

Second, the web pages for OMICS meetings list names and photographs of their “Organizing Committee Members,” but many of the scientists that appear on these pages never agreed to be participants, and some were reportedly shocked to see themselves represented as such. One scientist, who was surprised to see that OMICS had posted his name and photo on their website, along with other “organizers,” determined that OMICS did so after a colleague had mistakenly submitted a presentation to an OMICS meeting. After the submission was received, OMICS presented both of them as meeting organizers without their knowledge.

Next, OMICS intentionally gives its conferences names that are similar to the names of longstanding, authentic conferences held by scientific societies. For example, OMICS uses the name Entomology-2013 for one of its conferences, the same name (minus the hyphen) that the Entomological Society of America (ESA) uses for its annual meeting. Moreover, ESA plans to host the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) in 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Coincidentally (or not?), OMICS uses a very similar name, the “International Conference of Entomology,” for its meeting, also to be held in Orlando.

This has led to obvious confusion among entomologists, some of whom believe they are participating with ESA meetings after receiving solicitations from OMICS. The scientists mentioned above, who were listed as OMICS organizers without their permission, wrote in an email:

“I think we were duped into thinking this was the ICE meetings. Dr. [XXX] in Switzerland asked me to co-host a session so I think this is where it originated from … Dr. [XXX], I suggest you look at the links below and you will see that we were indeed duped. The folks who contacted you about a session in FL in 2013 are NOT associated with ICE.”

Assembly line of conferences.

Assembly line of conferences.

Sometimes OMICS improbably organizes multiple conferences at the same hotel at the same time. For example, the screenshot above shows four conferences that were held simultaneously from December 3-5, 2012 at the same hotel in Philadelphia.

Also, a close look at OMICS’ conference registration policy shows that they never grant refunds for registration fees — even if they themselves cancel or postpone the conference. Instead, they grant a credit for other OMICS conferences.

I strongly recommend, in the strongest terms possible, that all scholars from all countries avoid doing business in any way with the OMICS Group. Do not submit papers. Do not agree to serve on their editorial boards. Do not register for or attend their conferences.

Also, be aware that OMICS has established a separate brand called SciTechnol that operates much the same as OMICS. OMICS may be experimenting with additional web brands designed to funnel people to the OMICS web pages.

61 Responses to OMICS Goes from “Predatory Publishing” to “Predatory Meetings”

  1. dianabuja says:

    I’ve just received 2 emails from “SJP” requesting that I send ‘original research paper…’ I’ve just forwarded a copy to your email.

  2. Thanks for posting about them. I posted awhile back about how they were blog spamming blog posts about Open Access. http://dougsarchaeology.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/predatory-open-access-publisher-omics-publishing-group-hits-new-low-in-blog-spamming/ and here as well http://dougsarchaeology.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/predatory-open-access-publisher-omics-publishing-group-now-blog-spamming/ I actually get a fair amount (10-15 day, a lot for me) of visitors typing into google “OMICS scam” on those posts. Several people have left comments there about the conferences e.g. “OMICS Group Comferences are a SCAM

    You are invited to speak, but have to pay for registration.
    They ask for multiple payments, claiming they didn’t get it.
    Hotel has no record of the conference.
    Couldn’t get in touch with organizers after they got the money, except by phone to someone who said they would get back to me but never did (multiple times).
    Luckily I canceled beforehand, but of course no refunds.

    Avoid OMICS Conferences!”

    That was from over a year ago, so they have been at this at least that long.

  3. midnightrambler956 says:

    Unfortunately it seems that the confusion is all too easy to perpetuate, because a quick Google search shows that there are many people who gave talks at the real ICE meetings but list it on their website/CV as the “International Conference of Entomology”.

  4. Robin Hood says:

    “I strongly recommend, in the strongest terms possible, that all scholars from all countries avoid doing business in any way with the OMICS Group. Do not submit papers. Do not agree to serve on their editorial boards. Do not register for or attend their conferences.” J. Beall, Jan. 2013. Allow me to translate in simple English: BOYCOTT. Boycotting is legal. Calling for boycotts is legal and organizing or exercising boycotts is legal. Provided that no illegal methods are called for, no criminal activity is conducted against those against which a boycott is called, and provided that the reasons for the boycott are clear and public, it is 100% legal. As a scientific community, we need to start stripping down the walls of stigmas and taboos, especially those that are unfounded, illogical, or uncalled for. A boycott is an excellent way of financially crippling a predator. I have often said that the scientific community is the corner-stone of the profits, and thus the existence, of the predators, even those who hunt in sheep’s clothing. Thus, to boycott one or more aspects of their business would not only be sending a strong and powerful message that the academic community is not on their side, but would also cripple their finances into oblivion, and show share-holders that scientists mean “business”. I support Mr. Beall’s call for a boycott against OMICS (all aspects of their business).

  5. R V KRISHNAKUMAR says:

    Robin Hood (I firmly believe this name is bogus) has made the statements of Dr.Beall very complex, ironically, in the name of making them simple. Dr.Beall has appropriately used the term ‘avoid’. “Avoid predatory publishers” is the best way to describe how a scholar should deal with them. Possibly the term ‘ignore’ may replace it. These terms reflect the kind of treatment the predators deserve. I feel the term ‘boycott’ is unnecessary and is a ‘misfit’. It sounds uncivilized to see anyone who tries to put his words into others mouth. Learn to learn from others. By the way, what is that ‘walls of stigmas and taboos’ – too much of jugglery of words! Try to share what you know, try not to teach. If you inow more about predatory OA, that is no licence to treat others as kids.

  6. Schmuck says:

    Ok, what is the difference between ignore and boycott. You ignore somebody existence and you do not do business with them. It sounds like boycotting to me.
    OMICS (I think it stands for Oh My Ignorant Crazy Schmucks) are that bad and do whatever you think is right, ignore them or boycott them and make sure to spread the word among your colleagues about them.

    • Krishnakumar, R.V. says:

      I have ignored many invitations to serve in these predators and a few are from OMICS too. About a year ago, one of my colleagues boasted in the department meeting that he is serving as editor in many international journals. I was surprised, yet felt happy for him. He however, did not mention the names of the journals. But, when I read an article by Dr.Beall on predatory OA, I could connect his statements to predatory OA and since got interested. I have introduced Dr.Beall’s name among my colleagues, and have suggested them to read his criteria. I never miss an opportunity to talk about predators and Dr.Beall. When a ‘slut’ approaches, what do you want me to do? avoid? or ignore? or boycott? I am particularly concerned because, when someone is right, correcting them wrongly is unacceptable.

  7. Robin Hood says:

    Schmuck. Not such a schmuck, actually! Words of wisdom, I think. Or at least words of reality. I wonder if Schmuck is your REAL name or if Mr. Krishnakumar is just an overly sensitized Indian who can’t tell the difference between critique and euphemisms and who is also going to demand that you reveal your identity while forgetting the importance of anonymity. Anonymity, in this day of Big Brother, Mr. Krishnakumar, is essential to smoke out the frauds from their rabbit holes. Schmuck is correct, no doubt, about what OMICS stands for, and thus I second his opinion to boycott the bunch of schmucks at OMICS. As for Mr. Krishnakumar’s naivety, let me tell you, don’t be fooled by the intentions of the fraudsters in OA predatory publishing: they’re out to GET YOUR money. So, I suggest you re-change your word “ignore” to “counter-attack”, because you are CLEARLY failing to understand who is the victim, but we can understand this mentality within your cultural backdrop. By ignoring a problem does not fix this: psychology 101. Tackling the problems, using forceful means if necessary, is what cleans up the mess. But that is my opinion, of course, using my anonymous name, unless you can indicate where Robin Hood lives, if not in the Sherwood Forest… As for funding that scientists use to attend these fake congresses, we have to start asking the question: whose money is being used to transport and accomodate scientists in these meetings? Dirty money?

    • Krishnakumar, R.V. says:

      Robin, you are free to remain anonymous provided you learn to write respectfully. Me being an indian is a non-issue. It need not be pointed out at all. To remind the readers of the kind of words you used like, ‘royal ass’, ‘dumb ass’, you ought to reveal who you are. How is that you remain ‘under ground’ and exhibit your heroics. I felt you need to be smoked out from the hole. Keep cool and think twice. You also commented on someone’s Ph.D. degree. All these under a fake name! Be brave man. You need to be really brave, Man. Stop revferring to citizenships, try to grow.

  8. Ken says:

    I’ve attended two OMICS conferences, and the organizers gave me a speaker discount. Even at some “legitimate” conferences, it is unfortunately not unheard of to pay registration, travel, etc., as a speaker. Since I am a junior faculty member, I found the OMICS conferences to be moderately poorly run and yet low-cost options for getting some speaking experience under my belt, and several productive collaborations have arisen from them. This is in contrast to the well-known megameetings that are often dominated by several key labs and their offshoots, where junior and relatively unknown investigators may have difficulty obtaining talks or making useful connections. So while I deplore OMICS’ ridiculous journals, their post-conference badgering of speakers to submit papers for fees, and the other questionable practices that Dr. Beall exposes, I think that there may actually be a place for lower tier pay-to-play conferences like theirs that bring junior scientists together. It’s really too bad that OMICS hasn’t done a better job of providing a service to this market.

    • midnightrambler956 says:

      In theory you may be right about there being a place for smaller conferences, although in my experience it’s generally *harder* to get talks in to small ones than megaconferences (like Evolution and both ESAs) because they’re more squeezed for time and space, and they cost more relative to the amount of conference time you get. That said, there are many more reasons to boycott OMICS, notably their grossly bad ethics (which you yourself mention) and devotion to profit rather than science.

    • victim says:

      since this is the only somewhat positive comments about omics, I would need an advice, I have been invited as speaker at omics conference (they correctly matched tha conference with my profession) and an made almost all preparation to attend it (including fee payment) As Ken said it didnt surprised that even as invited speaker I had to pay the fee, cause I have previously attended low profile conferences (which has grown since) so it was not surprised. I contacted the hotel and they confirmed that there is such conference in that hotel scheduled for that period. Two days ago I accidentally found out about OMICS bad reputation, was shocked and I need advice: throw away 800$ and not go to it or go there what ever it happens. I come from eastern europe and there are several attendees from eastern europe. I was aware that its a low profile conference and would do anything to attract attendees, but that its a complete scam I couldnt imagine. Second question is it possible that most of the listed participants are actually fake?!! As far as the scientific committies are concerned, it is not unusuall even for greater events to put respectable people to it without their knowledge. So Ken, please tell me: to go or not to go? Thank you

      • Sopia says:

        Hi. I actually attended a very recent (July 2013) OMICS conference as a speaker and participant, and can honestly say that although it was expensive, it was worth it. Everything was arranged very well and the quality of talks were very good. I am from South Africa and it is not at all strange for us to pay a registration fee to speak at a professional congress. I had no problems with funds. There were about 6 congresses in the same hotel but they were all for different professional groups, so I don’t see the problem as each one were in its own location in the conference venue.

    • Gayle says:

      Ken, you are the first person that I have read about that actually attended one of their conferences. Which conferences did you attend? They were actually conducted? What about cancellations?
      Dr. E.

  9. Power says:

    I also got an invitation from OMICS to come on a conference as a speaker. As I am from Europe and conferece is in California, I requested that OMICS pay me transportation, accomodation and a small fee. Two days ago they informed me that my abstract has been accepted from organizing cometee and they want me to send them picture and a logo of my company… What to do? I mean if they pay me in advance, I am thinking of coming over… What do you think?

    • I think you should refuse the offer. They will string you along and make excuses. They will use your picture and your company’s logo to attract other attendees. I doubt they will pay any of your expenses in the end.

  10. srul katz says:

    I have had very negative experience with the OMICS Group. I foolishly agreed to be in the Editorial Board of one of their journals. At some point I became suspicious and started calling to their office in Nevada. There is no OMICS office at the address they show. It is an office of some law company, which represents interests of OMICS Group, as well as hundreds of other foreign companies in US. The whole OMICS Group company with all its employees is located in India. They hide themselves behind fake non-Indian names (I communicate via e-mail with Gracia Oliver). It is not much difference between these guys and the criminals who pretend that they were a model and duped a physics professor from North Carolina (there was a fascinating article in NYTimes Magazine about the story: the professor ended up in jail in Argentina convicted for drug trafficking). After finding very damaging posts on the web about the OMICS Group I started bombarding them on all e-mail addresses and phone numbers I could find demanding to remove my name from the Editorial Board. No result. Then I composed an email describing what I learned and sent it to the Editor-in-Cheif of the journal asking him to help me to remove my name from the board. No response. Then I sent email to all board members and cc to all OMICS addresses I could find. This time is worked: they removed my name from their web site. A couple of board members followed me and also quit. But very few.
    My advice to everybody: do not deal with the OMICS Group in any form or shape.

    PS: I use alias because I still feel ashamed that I allowed to be duped in the first place.

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  14. Brian says:

    I’m really glad I found this information. I’ve been receiving invitations to speak at “Endocrinology-2013″ hosted by OMICS this August in Raleigh, NC (curiously similar to “Endocrinology 2013″ hosted by the very legitimate Endocrine Society, which I attend every few years). Since it would have been a short driving distance from my home institution, I was considering attending, and was close to putting an abstract together, but became skeptical of a few weird details on the conference website (many of which are noted in this article). I also thought the fee was a little steep for a small 3-day conference ($699 registration fee, without accommodations). So I did some Googling and ended up here. Needless to say I won’t be submitting an abstract. However, I would be curious to know if there is any legitimacy to the conferences at all (i.e. how many of them actually happen, and the quality of the talks).

    • Gayle says:

      If you do attend the conference, Brian, I would love to hear about it. I was considering one of their invitations to speak at a conference on “Bacteriology and Infectious Disease” in Maryland this fall but I decided to drop it given all of the bad wrap I found online. At least your conference is a short distance from your home. I would have been flying from my home in Hawaii to Maryland, not a short or cheap trip. I have also received invitations to a pediatric conference in China from a different group with identical web messages, and from another group with poor English grammarfor a nutrition conference. All of them appear to be unethical or scams, and seem to have been generated by the publishing of my first journal article on S. aureus infections in children.
      aloha, Gayle

      • I expect the first one was only a coincidence that it matched your field. I’ve received mostly invitations to submit papers or talks based on my “expertise in infectious disease” or such things as protein dynamics, based on my published papers on insect systematics.

      • Boris says:

        I am very glad I read your messages, Brian and Gayle. Not suspecting anything I accepted their invitation to speak at a conference on “Bacteriology & Infectious Disease”. Being genuinely interested in the topic of the conference I was (retrospectively) foolish enough to submit an abstract. However, I became suspicious when I received the next day a registration form asking me to pay as an invited speaker a registration fee of $799 for this three day conference. Although I attended many conferences as an invited speaker without being reimbursed for transportation and hotel expenses, almost always I did not have to pay for the conference registration. Consequently, I will stop any communication with the “organizers” of Bacteriology 2013 by completely ignoring any further attempts of theirs to contact me. In addition, I believe that it is very important to make aware members of any society that you and I are members of as well as our coworkers and students of the fraudulent activities of OMICS. It would be a great shame to let such unethical activities continue without consequences for the fraudsters. All the best, Boris

  15. OMICS is also spamming existing journals with a proposal to acquire it and to organize conferences in the journals’ area of expertise.

    “We would like to congratulate you on your contribution to the scientific community through the dissemination of scientific information and would like to offer you a proposal for acquisition of your Journal: Journal of medical Internet research.
    We are currently handling about 250 Open Access Journals with the assistance of more than 20,000 Editorial Members and organizing around 80 conferences worldwide each year.
    What OMICS will provide for the Journal after acquisition:
    – More viewership (around 2 million) for the articles published, resulting in more citations.
    – Multiple language translators for all the articles.
    – Conferences organized on the specific journal topic. We are one of the largest publishers which organize conferences with more than 100 conferences each year.”

    No thank you.

  16. A. K. says:

    One of my students had sent a manuscript to them without my information. Unfortunately I was informed after it was accepted (rather quickly) for publication (supposedly I am the corresponding author). I demanded to withdraw the manuscript since I had no permission for publication. They refused to do so. They keep sending me fax and emails asking for outrages processing fee. I am trying to find a way to remove my publication from the Journal. I have no idea how they can publish something without my consent.

  17. […] Using the names of scientists without their permission to invite participants to meetings, giving their meetings names that are deceptively similar to other well-established meetings, and refusing to refund registration fees even if meetings are cancelled, […]

  18. Harry R. Brickman, MD PhD says:

    I just woke up to the scam, and appreciate all comments aside from the positive ones. Although quite old chronologically and in academic my sub-specialty seemed to coincide with the theme of the conference:implications of cutting-edge neuroscientific research. On reviewing the misleadingly attractive program, I found that my co-leader with an RN after her name from a Canadian hospital known to me was called “Dr” before her perfectly respectable name and hard-earned legitimate degree (assuming she really holds that academically modest degree!) Also, I balked at being required to pay for reading a paper with a rather unusual argument. I’m a bit ashamed that all of the Tamil flattery hooked into what remains of my narcissism– but the time and lost energy fighting them off plus the woefully sad reactions of my two nieces who had never seen Chicago seem to warrant a healthy lawsuit. Also, there has been damage to my rep as senior faculty at a major research university. Who would be eager to have a Dean who so schmuckishly allowed himself to be scammed so easily by a vagrant crew of wheedling offenders???

    Any suggestions ? I’m serious about this insult to my reputation and family life and, last but certainly not least, to my lean wallet.

  19. QQ says:

    As a young scientist in the field I try hard to establish my reputation by accepting “credible” conference invitations and submit to credible journals. I accepted a speaker invitation from one of their mtgs only because the president of that particular meeting is a very big person in my field. However, after I sent my abstract, paid the registration and booked the hotel, have not heard from the meeting since. There is no receipt, no confirmation of receiving my abstract, no session info of my talk, no refund policy. I made numerous international calls and there was only an answer machine. I also emails the members on the board and they simply forward my emails back to the same email. It’s not going anywhere. I starting to get the sense that was such a mistake by paying the 1400 USD. I was told no refund even I have good reason not to be able to make the conference. What made me suspect the most is that No one actually emailed me any information useful since I paid.I finally emailed the “president”of the meeting who is a well known scholar and he said he withdrew from the meeting early on.
    After I discovered the info here now I am afraid that the whole meeting is a hoax and I am trapped by a predatory group.
    1400USD may not seem much for people who work in the US but for someone like me, it is quite a lot. Please please can someone can help me with this? thanks a lot.

    • midnightrambler956 says:

      I would suggest contacting whoever you used for payment (credit card/paypal/whatever), and reporting them for fraud. They’re not going to stop unless enough people do this that reputable payment processors cut them off.

  20. Sara says:

    I have received an invitation from OMICS for pathology-13 which matches with my field of speciality. I have submitted my abstract and they are sending me reminders to pay the registration fee. I have tried it many time online but transaction is always declined. My bank told me the problem is at their end not ours. When I asked them they said there is some problem with our website and sent me an eform to fill with details of my credit card and everything and send it back to them. I have a feeling there is something wrong with this whole conference thing. When I googled about this group, I ended up here and now I know Whats wrong. This is a total fraud and waste of money. Thanks Lord, I was saved before much damage

  21. Dr. A says:

    I am beginning to keep all my OMICS invitations. Here’s one from earlier this year:

    Dear Dr.

    Journal of Drug Metabolism & Toxicology deals with the biochemical modification of pharmaceutical substances, which includes action of body on the drug and action of drug on the body.

    As we came to you are one of the expert & eminent person in this research field, I hereby want to invite you to submit a paper for Journal of Drug Metabolism & Toxicology

    It would be grateful if you would submit a paper for this upcoming issue. Both Research & Review papers are welcome for possible publication in this issue, dead line for submission January 25, 2013.

    etc.

    Full disclosure: I’m a practicing internist with as much knowledge of drug metabolism and toxicology as any second year medical student (probably less), not “one of the expert & eminent person on this research field.”

    So people are really falling for this garbage? And others are defending the shell company? I don’t know which is sadder!

    • I get these things all the time (I’m not sure I’ve gotten one from OMICS in particular, but from many other similar publishers), and I’m an entomologist with zero knowledge of drug metabolism, toxicology, proteomics, or whatever else it is they’re pushing (ironically, they almost never send anything that’s actually in my field, I guess because it’s too small).

  22. I recently returned from speaking at an OMICS Group conference in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I did not see this post before agreeing to speak at the conference – my wife emailed me the link whilst at the conference! – but fortunately I was not scammed of money. As such – the conference itself was shambolic in terms of the utter lack of organisation. As indicated, they had organised more than one conference in the same place at the same time – presumably to save their costs – and the whole thing felt rather sleazy. The large “organising committee” listed on the website were largely absent and/or not obviously organising anything. Similarly, the large and orderly conference room shown on the website turned out to be small and poorly laid out. (I think it had been divided in two and had an OMICS conference in each half!)

    I am not sure whether they are fraudsters but either way I strongly advise boycotting OMICS Group activities on the basis that they are scientifically bankrupt beyond what the individual scientists bring to that activity. Despite the small size, lack of focus and crappy organisation, I did actually get some useful outcomes from the conference but these were despite the efforts of the organisers rather than because of them. Some of the science and individual presentations were of good quality but this was the worst scientific conference that I have attended by a long stretch – and I let them know as much in my feedback form! (Of course, visiting the website now shows a bunch of supportive quotes of praise. Either these individuals were at a different conference to me, have not experienced a good conference, or are *way* too polite.

    Save your money and use it to go to a conference organised by scientists, for scientists, with science and not money/prestige/publicity as the motivator.

  23. […] wait for scientists to make a mistake (this is journal hijacking). Or who have conferences with a similar name or a fake organizing […]

  24. ann Hodges says:

    As president of a professional organisation I received a dubious looking letter from IMICS inviting our partnership. Is it best to just ignore this completely or should I reply saying we are not interested? I fear by replying I shall be more firmly on their radar!

  25. UW says:

    One word: Spam filters. Google’s spam filters show no mercy to any OMICs missive.

    Recently sent an invite to present at a Metabolomics conference in March at the San Antonio Airport Hilton. Funny thing is, I am going to San Antonio next week for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. I find it worrying that found that out.

  26. John Mashey says:

    People might also read the strange story of an OMICS journal Editor-in-Chief @ Retraction Watch.

  27. […] Group Conferences – Sham or Scam? (Either way, don’t go to one!)“  , and “OMICS Goes from “Predatory Publishing” to “Predatory Meetings””, Also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OMICS_Publishing_Group  . I had similar cases […]

  28. ICC says:

    There are some interesting remarks about an OMICS group journal in the last section of the following preprint: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1404.4087v1.pdf

  29. IM says:

    This tip may help some of you.

    Recently I’ve begun scrolling to the bottom of all emails and checking the signature.

    Even if the title and body of the email are ambiguous, the signature very often reveals a suspicious email to be an OMICS email. After you see that, you can feel free to ignore the rest of the email.

    Consider the following email from yesterday. Even if the shoddy grammar doesn’t tip you off (how do you spell Alzheimer’s, again?), the very bottom line contains an OMICS email address.

    Dear Dr. IM

    Greetings!!!

    The purpose of this letter is to solicit your gracious presence at the
    upcoming 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Neurology &
    Therapeutics on September 8 to10, 2014, Philadelphia, Hotel Hilton
    Philadelphia Airport, Pennsylvania, USA.

    The conference is initiated and operated by Journal of Neurological
    Disorders, Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology

    Brain Disorders & Therapy, Autism open access and Journal of Psychiatry.

    Neuro-2014 will lay a perfect platform for the interaction among
    specialists, directors, professors, medical, surgical, miscellaneous
    faculties, experts, and research fellows around the world reputed research institutes, universities and medical schools and mainly accelerating the scientific discoveries in the field of Neurology.

    Privileges for Speakers:
    Can initiate/conduct workshop based on your research expertise
    Personal interaction with the Business delegates, Organizing Committee
    Members, Keynote speakers and other eminent personalities for your future course of work. We are pleased to inform you that all accepted abstracts will be published in the respective Journals.

    Conference Highlights: International Symposium: Stem Cell Therapy for
    Neurological Disorders

    Workshop on Alziemers disease

    Special session on Epilepsy and
    Psychiatric disorders

    Keynote sessions

    Speaker sessions

    Poster sessions

    Young Scientist Award

    Best Poster Awards

    Exclusive session on Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship

    For Abstract submission follow the link:

    http://www.neurologyconference.com/abstract.php

    For scientific program follow the link:

    http://www.neurologyconference.com/scientific-programme.php?day=1

    &sid=385&date=2014-09-08

    We appreciate your time and look forward to hear from you soon. Be a Part of this mega scientific event!

    Regards,
    David Kevin
    for Neuro-2014 Organizing committee
    Clinical Conferences
    5716 Corsa Ave, Suite110
    Westlake, Los Angeles
    CA-91362-7354, USA
    O +1-888-843-8169
    T +1-800-216-6499
    neurology2014@omicsgroup.us

    • Dr. Gayle Early says:

      Thanks, yes, and I just received an invite to submit to an OMICS journal that was signed by Gabrielle Solis. If anyone watches TV (as I do), you may remember that Gabby Solis was one of the main characters on “Desperate Housewives”; off the air for a few years now.
      aloha, Gayle

    • WellWisher says:

      Haha. This is hilarious! Such a joke this group is! This is what I received (totally irrelevant field)!

      The Official Journal of ANBio (National Biosafety Association)

      Dear Dr. XXX,

      Greetings from the Journal of Biosafety & Health Education !!

      We feel glad to find you as the repute in this field of work.

      So we would like to invite you as an author for the journal to submit the articles towards the success of the journal. Journal of Biosafety & Health Education aims to provide the highest possible standard of publication. Publication with us is simple and efficient featured with fast quality peer-review, electronic review tracking systems, PDF and audio versions of articles.

      We make sure to disseminate the research work as quick as possible by publishing the articles immediately after acceptance. We publish original research articles, review articles, case reports, short communications etc. including but not limited to following fields:

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      Please visit our website for more information. If you have a manuscript ready to publish, kindly submit it to us.

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  30. sam says:

    I felt abused by this company’s hoax conference. They posted my abstract in a “not ever happened ever” conference a year ago. And they allowed my idea mentioned in the abstract viewed by some idea thieves and they used it to claim a new idea. I just saw their abstract just published yesterday in other honored journal. I claimed to OMICS to remove my abstract for about 86 times through email, phone call and comments for the last 1 year. How on earth did they do this to an honest single human being??? Please DO NOT EVER USE THIS SCAM OMICS WEBSITE EVER? please…please….

  31. […] Scholarly Open Access takes a critical stand against OMICS Groups publishing techniques. According to the article, OMICS misplaces credit and violates publishing policies. Read all about their “Predatory Publishing” here. […]

  32. […] for anti-vaccine lobbyist and PhD student of Martin to attend an overseas conference run by the frequently discredited OMICS group. The student/lobbyist/conspiracy theorist is Judy Wilyman. Wilyman presented what has […]

  33. RUKMINI says:

    Be careful with the international conferences organized by science plus. They organize some conferences until the end of 2014 There are a fake conference or a scam. I call the hotel are included for the conference but they (the hotel) says there is no conference for. I contacted the advisory board, everything is fictional. So please do not be influenced to join all programs organized by science plus. Especially for paying the fee registration for the conference. It’s true a fake conference and a scam from science plus (organizer).

  34. Samantha says:

    I have been contacted by this group; however I stated I would speak at their conference but I was not prepared to pay the registration fee as I am paying for my flight and accommodation. Waiting to hear back from them. Having second thought after reading these comments
    People that have had negative experiences should please share this on linkedin as they have been advertising their conference on this platform.

  35. A beginner, not a predator.

    I have not read all the posts, but I recognize some of the frustration that I saw in some other participants during my first Omics Conference experience as an authorizing organizer and speaker. I am participating in a second conference as an organizer next year; and I have published 3 papers in Omics journals. So, my comments should be weighed based on these disclosures.

    The blogger’s statement, “I strongly recommend, in the strongest terms possible, that all scholars from all countries avoid doing business in any way with the OMICS Group,” is so extreme that it warrants scrutiny itself regarding its motivation and integrity, too. And for criticism that is so damning, supporting it with anonymous statements, which are either false or from cowards, is not acceptable. Surely, given their “testimony” such masked persons are not worried about being retaliated against by Omics.

    I have enjoyed working with the OMICs Group staffers. The review of my papers has been as adequate as any other peer-reviewed journal in which I have published, though perhaps less capricious. Since it is an open access journal, I was never misled about publication costs. If anything, they have been aggressive about selling memberships, but I have not spent a penny more than I was told I would or expected to spend.

    Omics Group is not good at organizing meetings, yet, but I expect that this is just growing pains and perhaps focusing too much on the number of meetings instead of the overall quality of them. But listen, everyone, scientific meetings as a for-profit business is now old news. I have participated in several other for-profit conferences over the years. Some, which started out with bad reviews and skepticism like Omics, are now highly rated and very popular scientific forums. Scientists who used to turn-up their noses at these conferences are now gracious headliners. Unlike non-profit meetings, the conference staff organizes the scientific program instead of selected (often self-selected) scientific organizing committees. Non-profit meetings draw their participants from their preeminent reputations and scientific society associations. For-profit meetings draw their participants based on the reputations of noted scientists who they invite and ask to recommend other speakers in their fields. Sometimes with their expenses covered, but not always. Whether for-profit or non-profit, invited speakers are some times asked to cover a part of or all of their expenses. So, most of what is being condemned about Omics is not unique to the growing pains of learning how to develop numerous quality scientific conferences across diverse research disciplines.

    Now, the one thing I do hear consistently underplaying in even critical posts is that Omics is succeeding in one of its stated missions: Increasing dissemination of scientific research and increasing opportunities for the training and development of young scientists. Many comments say that Omics was not responsible for the learning, scientific exchange, experience, and new collaborations that occurred at their meeting. This pronouncement is quite unfair. Of course Omics must be given some share of the credit for these important positive attributes. I took advantage of the opportunity Omics offered me to bring together scientists who, in some cases, might never share the same scientific forum though working in the same field. What a great opportunity! The rooming accommodations were excellent, the conference venue was very good, and although I had some new minor roles requested of me at the meeting [growing pains again], the science that came together was quite remarkable. And that is what every scientific conference should count for success.

    I can’t wait to see the growth that I expect to have occurred by my next meeting.

    James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D.
    Invited Omics Conference Organizer
    Cell Science 2014
    Valencia, Spain

    • WellWisher says:

      Why has NIH, USA, issued a cease and desist letter to OMICS then?? This means none of OMICS groups’ journals will ever be considered by pubmed. And this is because of their (lack of) publishing standards. Of course you might have your opinion, but I would consider it biased since you are working for them. Do yourself a favor, get a real job and disseminate real scientific information, even if you get paid less (as it is PhDs are paid pennies). No offence meant to you personally. Cheers

  36. B. says:

    I am currently stuck in one of these meetings. Although I was aware of their poor quality, I accepted to participate because I was invited by a scientist that I know. Horrendous organization and is terribly sad to see people coming fro across the globe to sit in empty sessions, or sessions without speakers. Apparently OMICS never take out from the program speakers that have notified that they will not come to the meeting…another big problem for them to solve.

  37. WellWisher says:

    OMICS group is just a scam. They probably look up pubmed for relevant articles and start spamming the first author (whose email address is easily available on pubmed). I have just 4-5 pubmed publications and I there are mere short communications/amateur reviews. I get about 2 invitations (invited speaker, editor, special issue editor, author and what not) daily for some super specializations – nowhere concerned to my field. I am fed up. No use unsubscribing (it is just a scam).
    Also, most established scientists and organizations know about such predatory open access (scamming SoBs) groups. So, it would just create a negative impact on your CV, should you choose to attend any of their conferences and mention it on your CV! Please ignore them.

  38. Oh No! says:

    I have literally just paid for flights etc to go to 2 of their conferences on the other side of the world! Then I came across this today. Can’t believe how silly I have been. Luckily I’m combining it with a family holiday and can reschedual stuff. But the question remains, as a Early Career researcher, should I take the opportunity to speak at an international conference and go to the conferences or not?

    • My opinion, for what it’s worth… If you can’t get your registration money back, then I would probably still go. Have a look at the other speakers and see if any of them do interesting stuff – then maybe email them to confirm that they are going. In my experience (of one OMICS conference), the attendees can still make it a worthwhile meeting because they are (probably) all real scientists with science at heart. As an ECR, all speaking experience is useful. The problem is that it does not represent good value for money for you, so if you can get the fees back and use that money to attend a better conference, I would.

      • Oh No! says:

        Thanks for that info Rich and I am thinking the same way as you at the moment. Have not paid rego yet – but have paid for flights ($2000 from Aus to Europe). I have planned lab visits etc which I was planning to combine with the conferences. Plus a family holiday so not all is lost. I think closer to the date I will check out the speakers (and contact them directly to make sure they are speaking) and possibly just go to one of the conferences. As you say, the experience is not one I can get easily and its something I very much need on my CV!

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