InnoVision Health Media, Inc. is an Eagan, Minnesota-based publisher of six online medical journals. The journals are supported by advertising and subscription fees, but they do have some open-access content. The journals appear to target health professionals and health care consumers.
According to the biography of Dr. Campbell that appears on the publisher’s website,
“Dr Campbell serves as medical director of a clinical practice in the Houston, Texas, area where he specializes in clinical immunotoxicology, the study of how toxins affect the human body and its immune system. His professional activities include serving as the medical director for the Medical Center for Immune and Toxic Disorders and as a treating physician to patients from all over the world.”
However, we learned some unfortunate information that appears to relate to the same Dr. Andrew Campbell. According to the Texas Medical Board, Dr. Campbell no longer has a license to practice medicine in that state. The Board’s website states,
Campbell, Andrew William, M.D., Lic. No. G7790, Houston
On November 4, 2011, the Board entered a Voluntary Surrender Order regarding Andrew William Campbell, M.D., requiring Dr. Campbell to immediately cease practice in Texas. The surrender resolves any complaints before the Board including Dr. Campbell’s June 2011 Final Order (SOAH Case No. 503-04-5717). Dr. Campbell stated that he is unable to comply with certain provisions of the Final Order due to financial and health reasons.
It appears that Dr. Campbell is now practicing medicine in Florida at a clinic called Clínica del Barrio.
I’m told that there are many editorial problems with the journals published by InnoVision, including late issues, poor editing practices including transposition of tables and figures, and old content re-branded later as “new.”
The editorial boards are questionable too. For example, I’m told that Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D., listed on the editorial board for Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, died in early 2012. Most of the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine editorial board resigned when the former editorial team left in 2010, but their names remain on the masthead and many people have long since left their affiliations listed for the editorial board (e.g., Lori Knutson left Allina in 2011, Joel Edman is no longer at Thomas Jefferson, Lising Lao is now in Hong Kong and left the University of Maryland in 2011, etc.).
In my opinion, researchers thinking of submitting their work to any of InnoVision’s journals ought to consider finding a better outlet. Similarly, doctors and other readers would do well to find higher-quality outlets than these six journals.