OMICS Group continues to launch and publish scholarly journals whose titles closely match those of established and respected journals, including journals published by scholarly societies. OMICS Group’s goal is to trick researchers into thinking the OMICS journals are actually the legitimate journals, so they can get the author fees from the authors.
Massachusetts-based Aries Systems licenses a product called Editorial Manager to scholarly publishers. This is an online product that helps manage article submission and peer review for journals. Regrettably, one of Aries Systems’ clients is a notorious publisher that victimizes scholarly authors.
OMICS Group, the Hyderabad, India-based group of scholarly publishing-related companies, is expanding and now operates at least twelve publishing imprints (brands), as well as a scholarly conferences division.
It is headed by a dubious character who seems intent on conquering all of scholarly publishing and who may be a megalomaniac. Here I present an update on OMICS Group’s highly questionable business practices and describe the man behind them, Srinubabu Gedela.
Guest blog post by: Ali Mobasheri, D.Phil., Associate Professor University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
I was a graduate student when e-mail became widely available as a form of communication and the world wide web was getting going in the early 1990’s. Scholars and researchers largely welcomed the advent of the internet and e-mail greatly facilitated communication and collaboration. More than 2 decades later e-mail and the web are dominating academic life and it is hard to imagine how we managed without them. However, e-mail and web-based administration is starting to take over the lives of many academics and researchers. Read the rest of this entry »
Back in the good old days before the internet, scholarly journal publishers would mail printed calls for papers to university departments around the world, and these departments in turn would post them on bulletin boards in or near the department offices.