Here’s a story of a very serious case of academic plagiarism. An article on pectin published in a Thai academic journal in 2003 has been almost completely lifted and published in an OMICS journal, with new authors.
This is the original publication:
Sriamornsak, P. (2003). Chemistry of pectin and its pharmaceutical uses: A review. Silpakorn University International Journal 3, 206-228.
This is the plagiarized version:
Raj, A. A. S, Rubila, S., Jayabalan, R. & Ranganathan T. V. (2012). A review on pectin: Chemistry due to general properties of pectin and its pharmaceutical uses. Open Access Scientific Reports 1(12), 1-4.
The plagiarized version contains all the text of the original but omits some of the tables, figures, and a few of the references at the end.
In my opinion, the number of completely-plagiarized articles in OMICS publications is increasing with time. This case was reported to me by the author of the original work, who has tried unsuccessfully to get the later article retracted.
The corresponding author of the plagiarized article also has another article in the OMICS journal Food Processing & Technology. It is entitled “Preparation of Laminated Baked Product Using Oats” and also contains plagiarism.
OMICS Publishing Group is not doing a good job of vetting its submissions for plagiarism. If you submit a paper to an OMICS journal, there’s a fair chance that your work will appear next to a plagiarized work, devaluing your work and making it also suspect. Don’t take this chance — don’t submit any work to any OMICS journal.