30 Responses to Conference attendee to OMICS: I want out

  1. Jim Sawitzke says:

    I have now successfully removed myself from the editorial board via a phone call, emails were ignored. I have been unsuccessful reaching anyone on the phone about the Genetic Engineering meeting.

    Sept. 12, 2013

    Jim Sawitzke Ph.D.

    • Solomon Steiner says:

      Just for everyone’s info – this massive company is run out of India, they will address you with fake names like “rebecca parker” but do not be fooled.

      • Scott C says:

        Indeed, I’ve had emails from Derrick Matthews, when the quality and structure of the English clearly indicates something is awry. Emails from OMICS have been added to my junk mail filter.

  2. David Gurarie says:

    What a sham!
    Lately, I send all such solicitations to spam w/o opening.

  3. Bruce W says:

    This Omics Publishing Group recently sent an e-mail to a the lady, who is mentioned on our website as our department’s secretary, asking her to be part of the Organizing Committee for the 2014 Neurology Meeting. The exact wording:

    “Basing on your expertise we would like to honor you by giving the position as an Organizing Committee Member for Neuro -2014. Also we would like to give you an opportunity of plenary speaker at this conference. As an Organizing Committee Member the privileges would include an honorable position as the chair/co-chair for the session of your interest. ”

    Already a long time ago we renamed them as the Comics Publishing Group.

  4. Nils says:

    I really don’t see the need for all these new conference-organizing services. Small conferences (up to 100 attendees, say) are best organized at your own university/research institution, or at a venue in your geographical area. Then there are plenty of well-established conference centers, e.g. Banff. And finally there are the big recurrent meetings organized by scientific societies.

    I believe all other organisations are just after your grant money.

  5. We all owe a great deal to Jeffrey Beall and Dr. Sawitzke for this expose. It was fascinating reading–and very shocking to see scientists being treated so shabbily. Thank you both for such a detailed, absorbing, damning report.

  6. Ron Davis says:

    Mr. Beall, I am happy to see a new watchdog like, Thomson Reuters, Scopus’s SCImago, during my online search for reliable sources. I am happy that this market is growing. They are offering SNIP indicator. Please visit http://www.journalindicators.com/

    • Farid says:


      Scopus’s SCImago is far better than Thomson Reuters since it is available for all users to verify the quality of a journal. These days, many Predatory journals establish a link with ISI and claim they are ISI index and many authors may accept their claims. Scopus’s SCImago cannot be manupulated and it is better than ISI.

  7. Sylvain Bernès says:

    OMICs did a single mistake: to ask to Dr Sawitzke for feedback about the meeting.

  8. Ron Davis says:

    Mr. Beall, Look at few more predatory ones i found in my mailbox.


  9. […] Beall ha ridire non solo sulle pratiche editoriali, ma anche sulle conferenze organizzate dal gruppo Omics, e […]

  10. Ron Davis says:

    Mr. Beall, The following journal claims its indexation with American Psychological Association’s reputed database PsycINFO. I am surprised how APA can include such a garbage into its database. Please investigate this.


  11. R3sanon says:

    TL/DR – Gullible career lab tech’ in protected government job is angry because he got taken for the fool he probably is.

    What the hell is an NCI scientist doing, wasting their only meeting per year on what is widely known to be a scam? Was this guy living under a rock? Did he not do any homework about this organization? For most scientists out in the “real world”, we go to meetings run by established societies in our area of expertise. Those, and a couple of other well known conference organizing bodies (Gordon, Keystone).

    This type of negative publicity is useful, to highlight these shady business practices to the <1% of academia that isn't aware of them already. But C'mon! In my opinion he got exactly what he deserved for being so gosh-darned gullible in the first place. He got his ego massaged by the invitation, and thought "this looks sweet". It's like that time the Department Chair got a computer virus, or gave the Dept. bank account details to a guy from Nigeria who seemed legit. Maybe that's why this guy is a "senior research associate" and has a grand total of 20 publications after 30 years in the biz. He'll probably also find there's all sorts of small print in the attendance contract, in which attendees agree to have their name and likeness associated with the meeting, so he's up the creek without a paddle on that front too. Wonder if this guy has an AOL email account too?

  12. Mike says:

    Oh mighty R3sanon, with the >20 publications (greater than Dr. Sawitzke, for sure!), we should all bow down to your dizzying intellect and sharp detection of fraud from ANY corner of the globe. Please bestow upon us more words of wisdom from your tower on high so that we “protected” minions at the NIH can learn from your astounding (probably NIH granted) research insights! LOL

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  15. […] på sådan är OMICS. I bloggen Scholarly Open Access finns ett inlägg där en forskare har delat med sig sina erfarenheter från en konferens arrangerad av OMICS. I korthet: konferensen var inte organiserat, den förkortades med en dag (från tre dagar till […]

  16. […] One example i OMICS. In the blog Scholarly Open Access a post was published where a scientist is giving an account of his experiences of the conference organized by OMICS. In short: the conference was not organized, it was shortened by one day (from three days to two) […]

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  18. […] What it’s like to attend one of those spam conferences you (or, at least, I) get emails about. […]

  19. Diana says:

    And despite Mr. Sawitzke’s request his name is mentioned several times here still: “Special heartiest thanks to the moderator of Genetic Engineering 2013, Dr. Jim Sawitzke, NIH, USA for his contribution and consistent support for making this conference a success”.

    Entertaining side note I have seen at least one listed publisher link to your site as a place they are indexed. Now that is funny.

  20. Melissa says:

    Recently got this e-mail from them, asking me to submit a paper within a week of the email. The best part is, it was signed by “Rowling J.” Luckily they don’t seem to do a very good job in trying to sound legitimate:

    Hope you are doing well!!

    I wonder if you could write a short review or a short commentary (or any type of article) for Epidemiology: Open Access.

    It would be great if you could submit in October so that I could process it for the November Issue. I request you to submit it by 25 October 2013.

    If it is not feasible for you in October, then please let me know your feasible time to contribute.

    Please provide me your acceptance for the same!

    I will be waiting for your positive mail.

    You may submit your paper to http://www.omicsgroup.org/editorialtracking/epidemiology/SubmitManuscript.php or you can mail to editor.epidemiology@omicsonline.org

    Note: We will extend the date of submission as per your convenience.

    Have a nice and healthy day ahead!

    With regards,

    Rowling J

  21. Sudhakar pasam says:

    OMICS is always using spam mails and it is going to spoil the name of science

  22. […] “honored speakers” (who still had to pay relatively high prices to participate), and the arrangements generally chaotic. Lists of speakers and organizers supposedly associated with these events often even include […]

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