OMICS Group Charges Authors for Publishing in Its Subscription Journals

International Journal of Cardiovascular Research

Pay to publish, pay to read.

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:

The journal somehow managed to get included in PubMed:

Sneaked into PubMed

Unlike most subscription journals, however, this one charges authors:

article processing charges

Article processing charges for a subscription journal.

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.

OMICS membership fee structure

Who in the world would pay 15K for a five year OMICS membership?

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).

Plant Biology-2015

Text from the legitimate conference (top), and text from the OMICS copy (bottom).

9 Responses to OMICS Group Charges Authors for Publishing in Its Subscription Journals

  1. It seems that this publisher offers a range of services covering the full breadth of the “predatome”.

  2. tomni says:

    The PUBLISHER address is another company for incorp. How can it be enrolled by PUBMED?

  3. Janice Flahiff says:

    Thank you for keeping us aware of business practices as outlined here. Much appreciated. Will definitely share with my colleagues, esp in bib control.

  4. Jeff. this looks like another scam to cheat authors with a ghost publication.Helen

  5. tekija says:

    What do you think of this payment structure:

    “Publication Costs

    Accepted manuscripts originally submitted November 1, 2013-December 31, 2014, are subject to a $120 per published PDF page charge.

    The charge for accepted manuscripts with original submission dates of January 1, 2015, or later will be $125 per published PDF page.

    Authors may make their papers free access (averting the 6-month embargo) for an additional $35 per published PDF page.

    All prices are in US dollars.”

    The journal is online-only.

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