A New Clone of OMICS Publishing Group: MedCrave

 

MedCrave logo

It’s not research that you will be stepping in.

A highly questionable publisher with the silly name “MedCrave” launched in April, 2014. I have added it to my list of questionable journals and recommend against joining their editorial boards and against submitting papers. This publisher appears to be a new brand created by OMICS Publishing Group of Hyderabad, India. 

There is nothing on the website itself that directly connects MedCrave to OMICS, but I see these telltale signs that this is an OMICS operation:

  • The look and feel of the MedCrave website matches that of OMICS
  • Most of MedCrave’s 20 journals have little content except editorials, opinion pieces, and “short articles.” The publisher expertly recruits these easy articles from ranking academics and then uses the editorials and names and pictures of the academics to attract more articles.
  • MedCrave calls itself “MedCrave Group” just like OMICS calls itself “OMICS Group”
  • Like OMICS, MedCrave uses LinkedIn to connect with researchers and solicit papers and their accompanying fees.

One of the identities that MedCrave has created on LinkedIn is “Mary Thompson,” and in its spam it has used “Helen White.” The headquarters location of MedCrave is listed as this:

MedCrave contact information

This address makes it appear to be U.S.-based.

If you look at this address in Google Maps, you’ll see that it is a residence. There’s no street view in this neighborhood, but the aerial view shows houses. Thus a medical publisher with twenty journals is being run out of a house.

MedCrave

The scholarly publishing quarter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

(I actually think the address is not the true headquarters; I think this operation is being run out of Hyderabad, India.)

Finally, I found the publisher’s FAQ to be strange and poorly written:

MedCrave FAQ blunders

Certain awards?  Journals I submit?

In the first question, it is clear they are trying to entice potential editorial board members by promising “certain awards,” and in the second, they are confusing the word journals with articles.

This operation is non-transparent and deceptive. I recommend that scholars not conduct any business with MedCrave.

Appendix: List of MedCrave journals as of 2014-06-01:

  1. Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control
  2. Advances in Plants & Agriculture Research
  3. Gastroenterology & Hepatology: Open Access
  4. Journal of Anesthesia & Critical Care: Open Access
  5. Journal of Cancer Prevention & Current Research
  6. Journal of Cardiology & Current Research
  7. Journal of Dairy, Veterinary & Animal Research
  8. Journal of Dental Health, Oral Disorders & Therapy
  9. Journal of Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders & Control
  10. Journal of Human Virology & Retrovirology
  11. Journal of Investigative Genomics
  12. Journal of Microbiology & Experimentation
  13. Journal of Neurology & Stroke
  14. Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Engineering
  15. Journal of Pediatrics & Neonatal Care
  16. Journal of Psychology & Clinical Psychiatry
  17. MOJ Cell Science and Report
  18. MOJ Immunology
  19. MOJ Orthopedics & Rheumatology
  20. MOJ Proteomics & Bioinformatics

 

 

 

13 Responses to A New Clone of OMICS Publishing Group: MedCrave

  1. Ken Lanfear says:

    Curious. You say this is a clone of a predatory journal publisher. Are the predators starting to prey on each other?

    • I didn’t mean to use the term in that sense. I meant that OMICS has created a new stealth brand that many of the same characteristics as OMICS but it hides the connection between the two. Like one rental car company owns another, except in this case the connection is hidden.

  2. Nwannewuihe Henry says:

    Pls I am a researcher in Nigeria and would like suggestions on good engineering journals to send my manuscript. Almost fell prey to Ajer. sent two manuscript and got poor reviews and no corrections. i felt something was wrong .
    thank God I had not made any payments.
    help needed urgently.
    thanks

  3. tekija says:

    The “awards” are described in detail, but are still obscure:

    http://medcraveonline.com/scholar-awards

  4. herr doktor bimler (partly rugose) says:

    The look and feel of the MedCrave website matches that of OMICS
    — I did not get that sense myself. Despite the peculiar English, MedCrave felt like a more sophisticated scam, trying to edge into the same niche. It was interesting, by the way, that the MedCrave website proudly announces a partnership with “IntBiotechnologies LLC” (which is a guy in Baltimore) and the “Association of Cryobanks” (a company in Ukraine offering to freeze your infant’s cord blood). This does not reflect well on either organisation.

  5. Dan Riley says:

    Clearly, anyone creating a new scam (sorry, I mean “high pseudo-impact”) OA journal would want to copy from the best. MedCrave copying from OMICS just proves the legitimacy of OMICS as a leader in its market segment.

    I also eagerly await the follow-on surgery imprint “MedCarve” from the same publishers, which I hear will be closely associated with the prestigious “Association of ByoCranks”.

    And, since this is the InterWebs: yes, satire.

  6. AlexH says:

    They crave for APCs but the only thing they can offer is a grave for your research. No pun intended, well maybe only a little.

  7. Chris says:

    Was just solicited by ‘Mary Thompson’. ‘She’ first reached out in LinkedIn, then sent me a message once I accepted (which I obviously shouldn’t have). The message was in broken English, asking me in several different ways to submit articles. I think you are right that they are an offshoot of Omics group, because I had similar experiences with them… and they still keep soliciting me for publications, and claiming that I have participated in their meetings when I did not.

    Thanks Jeff for the work you are doing!

  8. Juan carlos sosa says:

    Is there anyone that has actually published something with group?
    My question is: if this journal is neither indexed in pubmed nor in the open access journal directory: is it worth publishing (consider there is a 600 dollar fee)
    The payment of this fee is through a “donation” Is this the same mechanism for other more serious journals?
    I am really trying to find out if this is a scam or is for real. thank you!

  9. Fab says:

    Hi,
    just got a request to review a “manuscript” for the so-called Journal of Investigative Genomics by Mary Thompson. What would you recommend: just ignore it or do something else ? Thanks

  10. Manfred Raida says:

    I was caught by this journal as an editor, as I found some friends in the editor’s list I thought it is ok. They asked me to submit a paper, within less than a month, later invited for an editorial, which I send in and then they asked for US$200 to make it public – I stopped any contact, because it was an invitation. If I rememeber correctly, most of the editors I have seen and I know are in the -omics journal group, so this looks like the hidden link

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