The International Journal of Cardiovascular Research is a subscription journal published by the OMICS Group imprint called SciTechnol. This is a hybrid journal, meaning it’s a subscription journal with an option for authors to pay a fee and have the article made open access.
The journal somehow managed to get included in PubMed:
Unlike most subscription journals, however, this one charges authors:
The journal’s hybrid option costs $919. Paying this fee means an article will be open-access. So a ten-page paper costs about the same for either the subscription page charges or the open-access fee. Or if you choose the hybrid option, do you also have to pay the article processing charge?
If you don’t pay the open-access fee, you will essentially be paying to hide your work. I don’t think the journal has any subscribers.
A spam email sent out by the journal recently also detailed a new membership scheme for authors submitting to SciTechnol journals.
Membership provides several benefits, including unlimited publication in SciTechnol journals, waived fees for four conferences, and a lousy certificate.
OMICs Group gives its customers choices. You get to choose how you want to be ripped off.
Finally, OMICS is advertising for an upcoming conference using the same name as a legitimate conference organized by the American Society of Plant Biologists. The combined image below shows the logo for the legitimate conference (top) and some text from the website of the OMICS knock-off conference (bottom).