OMICS Group Continues to Purchase Journals Indexed in PubMed

Quality in Primary Care

Quality in publishing ?

OMICS Group is stealthily continuing to purchase journals indexed in PubMed. One recent purchase is the journal Quality in Primary Care, formerly published by Radcliffe Publishing and distributed on the IngentaConnect platform.

Quality in Primary Care is now owned by OMICS Group and published under its imprint Insight Medical Publishing. Note that this publisher’s URL is http://imedpub.com/, which matches the name of a totally different publisher, iMed.Pub, based in Spain.

Insight Medical Publishing

Lack of insight

Insight Medical Publishing currently has 19 journals in its portfolio. It claims to be totally cloud based:

This is rather strange.

This is rather strange.

The contact page doesn’t list any postal addresses.

I have also learned that some journals published by the OMICS Group imprint SciTechnol are now included in PubMed. One example is the Journal of Genetic Disorders and Genetic Reports. From what I can tell, this OMICS journal actually earned its way into PubMed; it was not purchased from another publisher. Additionally, it is not an open-access journal apparently, but it has a hybrid OA option.  

So this means that OMICS Group is using the subscription model for at least this journal, perhaps a strategy to help get the journal included in PubMed. Apparently authors must still pay fees to publish in the journal, for a recent spam email for the journal says, “70 Percent of the waiver is available for processing and publication charges.”

Many researchers use inclusion in PubMed as a journal “whitelist” and freely submit article manuscripts to any PubMed-indexed title.

For OMICS group and its many imprints, PubMed indexing means one thing: increased revenue. I expect it will continue to acquire and heavily promote (using spam) its PubMed indexed journals. 

Hat tip: Dr. Ali Mobasheri 

Appendix: List of Insight Medical Publishing journals as of 2015-02-06: 

  1. Acta Rheumatologica
  2. Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Research
  3. Archives in Cancer Research
  4. Archives of Clinical Microbiology
  5. Archives of Medicine
  6. Archivos de Medicina
  7. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care
  8. Farmacología y Toxicología
  9. Fisheries Sciences
  10. Health Science Journal
  11. Health Systems and Policy Research
  12. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas
  13. Journal of Biomedical Sciences
  14. Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
  15. Journal of Universal Surgery
  16. Mental Health in Family Medicine
  17. Molecular Enzymology and Drug Targets
  18. Quality in Primary Care
  19. Translational Biomedicine

 

11 Responses to OMICS Group Continues to Purchase Journals Indexed in PubMed

  1. Andrew says:

    The saddest thing I’ve noticed is that there is evidence that the Journal of Genetic Disorders and Genetic Reports is just harvesting content from other OMICS titles and putting it behind a pay-wall. The OMICS title, Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy has some very similar content.

  2. P Canning says:

    what is an imprint? Is it a subsidiary company of the parent company publishing a different set of journals?

    • According to Wikipedia, An imprint is “A trade name under which a work is published. One single publishing company may have multiple imprints; the different imprints are used by the publisher to market works to different demographic consumer segments. In some cases, the diversity results from the takeover of smaller publishers (or parts of their business) by a larger company. This usage of the word has evolved from the first meaning given above. Imprints typically have a defining character or mission. For example, the objective of Viking, an imprint of The Penguin Group, is ‘To publish a strictly limited list of good nonfiction, such as biography, history and works on contemporary affairs, and distinguished fiction with some claim to permanent importance rather than ephemeral popular interest.'”

  3. Henry Woo says:

    This is really sad and thank you for exposing this. It seems that OMICS will stop at nothing to ‘get around the system’. Pubmed is indeed the ‘whitelist’ for what we regard as okay journals. If it continues to be infiltrated as such, more and more individuals are going to be financially sucked into their shady practices.

    Amongst my own specialty group, my colleagues are aware of my criticism of OMICS in particular. An anonymous colleague took one of my published abstracts, made changes to it and then submitted and had it accepted for presentation at one of their conferences. He/she then sent me what he/she had done. OMICS will do whatever it takes to generate an income stream. I’ve written about it here:- http://surgicalopinion.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/if-you-pay-omics-will-play-all.html

  4. Anatoli says:

    If this is an imprint of OMICS, what is the difference between this and OMICS? I could not find any specific difference. This must be just a way of increasing the number of brands and journals to attract more authors.

  5. Janna says:

    Hi, Jeff — Have you ever written anything on the difference between being included in PubMed and being indexed for MEDLINE? MEDLINE is the major subset of PubMed, and it is fairly difficult to get a journal indexed for it (see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/jsel.html). Getting an OA journal in PubMed Central (and therefore, in PubMed, not MEDLINE) is not as difficult. Journal of Genetic Disorders & Genetic Reports is in PubMED, but not indexed for MEDLINE.

    The fact is that not many people besides medical librarians understand that inclusion in PubMed is not the same as inclusion in MEDLINE. However, it’s easy to discover if a journal is actually indexed for MEDLINE by using the Journals in NCBI Databases link from PubMed’s top page – look up the journal there and it shows if it is actually indexed in MEDLINE. And this factsheet (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/dif_med_pub.html) from NLM explains the difference between MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC.

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