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 currently has 19 journals in its portfolio. It claims to be totally cloud based:
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:
- Acta Rheumatologica
- Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Research
- Archives in Cancer Research
- Archives of Clinical Microbiology
- Archives of Medicine
- Archivos de Medicina
- Diversity and Equality in Health and Care
- Farmacología y Toxicología
- Fisheries Sciences
- Health Science Journal
- Health Systems and Policy Research
- JOP. Journal of the Pancreas
- Journal of Biomedical Sciences
- Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
- Journal of Universal Surgery
- Mental Health in Family Medicine
- Molecular Enzymology and Drug Targets
- Quality in Primary Care
- Translational Biomedicine