Watch Out for Insight Medical Publishing (iMedPub) (www.imedpub.com)

Insight Medical Publishing logo

Avoid at all cost.

I write this blog post to warn researchers in the bio-medical sciences about the publisher Insight Medical Publishing. It’s a dangerous publisher that should be avoided at all cost.

iMedPub is a stealthy publisher that hides its name on the individual journal websites to make it harder to determine which publisher owns the journal, harder to determine that each journal, through its publisher, is included on my list.

They publish 123 journals and they spam a lot. The firm is owned by OMICS Group, which has apparently recently changed its name to OMICS International. OMICS, through its many brands of journals and conferences, has been victimizing researchers since 2008.

Insight Medical Publishing has cleverly copied from Elsevier’s medical journals. Note here how they’ve lifted the aims and scope statement from one of the Elsevier journals, using the “article spinning” technique, replacing words and phrases with synonymous ones:

Elsevier’s Preventive Medicine’s Original Scope & Aims: (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/preventive-medicine)

Founded in 1972 by Ernst Wynder, Preventive Medicine is an international scholarly journal that publishes original articles on the science and practice of disease prevention, health promotion, and public health policymaking. Preventive Medicine aims to reward innovation. It will favor insightful observational studies, thoughtful explorations of health data, unsuspected new angles for existing hypotheses, robust randomized controlled trials, and impartial systematic reviews. Preventive Medicine’s ultimate goal is to publish research that will have an impact on the work of practitioners of disease prevention and health promotion, as well as of related disciplines.

Journal of Preventive Medicine

We need a vaccine against OMICS International.

IMedPub’s Journal of Preventive Medicine “About” page: (http://preventive-medicine.imedpub.com/)

Preventive Medicine is a global intellectual journal that encourages prompt publication of original articles on the science and practice of disease hindrance, health promotion, and public health policymaking. Preventive Medicine aims to reward innovation. It will favor perceptive empiric studies, thoughtful explorations of health knowledge, and unsuspected new angles for existing hypotheses, sturdy randomised controlled trials, and impartial systematic reviews. Preventive Medicine’s final goal is to publish research work that may have an impression on the work of practitioners of disease hindrance and health promotion, furthermore as of connected disciplines.

Spam

This publisher sends out what must amount to millions of spam emails, chiefly to researchers in the health sciences. The spam emails are poorly written, use fake names, and pressure recipients to submit an article quickly to beat an artificial deadline. Here’s an example:

From: Editor- Acta Psychopathologica <psychopathology@imedpub.org>
Subject: Friendly Reminder: Share Your Valuable Knowledge: Acta Psychopathologica
Date: 17 Dec 2015 10:06:44 CET
To: <redacted>

Dear Dr. [Redacted],

Greetings from our Editorial office.

We have contacted you earlier through email. Since we have not received any response from you regarding your submission, we are taking the liberty of resending the invitation as we are aware that you may be engaged in other activities or my message may not have successfully reached you.

We would like to invite you to submit a paper for publication in the upcoming issues for Acta Psychopathologica Journal. Mini Reviews/Research/ Review/ Case Reports/ Short Communication/ Conference proceedings/ Rapid Communications/ Commentaries/ Editorials/ Book reviews etc., are welcome for possible publication in this issue.

If possible, we would appreciate receiving your submission by December 28th, 2015 or please let us know your feasible date to submit the manuscript.

Please submit your article online at http://www.editorialmanager.com/imedpub/ or send as an e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at psychopathology@imedpub.org

The quick submission will result in fast review process and publications. The accepted articles will be shelved for new issue release according to the editors and reviewers response.

We look forward to your quick response for the good scientific approach and study.

With Kind Regards,

Alice Nichols
Editorial Assistant
Acta Psychopathologica Journal

This spam for the iMedPub journal Acta Psychopathologica is meant to confuse readers with the Elsevier journal Acta Psychologica. OMICS International tries to trick researchers in every way possible. The name appearing at the end of the spam email above — Alice Nichols — is made up.

OMICS International licenses and uses the journal management software called Editorial Manager from Aries Systems Corporation and sometimes uses the “editorialmanager.com” email address for its spam campaigns.

Internet Medical Publishing

The branding before OMICS bought it.

History

OMICS International apparently purchased this publisher from a Spanish company within the past few years; the exact date is unknown. After the purchase, OMICS changed the name from Internet Medical Publishing to its current name.

Spanish imedpub

They sold the brand but kept one of its names.

The Spanish firm continues to use the name Imed.pub and publishes eight open-access journals.

IMed.pub is also included on my list of questionable publishers. One of its journals, International Archives of Medicine, was the one that accepted the fake chocolate-helps-you-lose-weight study in 2015.

Conclusion

I strongly advise all researchers to avoid all 123 journals published by Insight Medical Publishing and to avoid all services and products of OMICS International. It is a horrible company bent on victimizing honest researchers through deceit and pressure.

Hat tip: Dr. Eduardo Franco

Appendix: Insight Medical Publishing journals as of 2015-12-17:

  1. Acta Psychopathologica
  2. Acta Rheumatologica
  3. Advances in Influenza Research
  4. Annals of Behavioural Science
  5. Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Research
  6. Archives in Cancer Research
  7. Archives of Clinical Microbiology
  8. Archives of Inflammation
  9. Archives of Medicine
  10. Archivos de Medicina
  11. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Journal
  12. Biomarkers Journal
  13. Cellular & Molecular Medicine: Open access
  14. Chemical Informatics
  15. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Open access
  16. Clinical & Experimental Orthopaedics
  17. Clinical Pediatric Dermatology
  18. Clinical Psychiatry
  19. Colorectal Cancer: Open Access
  20. Critical Care Obstetrics and Gynecology
  21. Current Trends in Nutraceuticals
  22. Diversity & Equality in Health and Care
  23. Dual Diagnosis: Open Access
  24. Electronic Journal of Biology
  25. Fisheriessciences.com
  26. Gynecology & Obstetrics Case report
  27. Head and Neck Cancer Research
  28. Health Science Journal
  29. Health Systems and Policy Research
  30. Hepatitis
  31. Herbal Medicine: Open Access
  32. HIV & Retro Virus
  33. Hospital & Medical Management
  34. Insights in Chest Diseases
  35. Insights in Allergy
  36. Insights in Analytical Electrochemistry
  37. Insights in Biomedicine
  38. Insights in Blood Pressure
  39. Insights in Cell Science
  40. Insights in Clinical Neurology
  41. Insights in Medical Physics
  42. Insights in Neurosurgery
  43. Insights in Pediatric Cardiology
  44. Insights in Stem Cells
  45. International Journal of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
  46. International Journal of Applied Biology and Pharmaceutical Technology
  47. International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health
  48. International Journal of Digestive Diseases
  49. International Journal of Drug Development and Research
  50. Interventional Cardiology Journal
  51. Invasive Cardiology: Future Medicine
  52. JOP: Journal of the Pancreas
  53. Journal of Adenocarcinoma
  54. Journal of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery
  55. Journal of Animal Nutrition
  56. Journal of Autoimmune Disorders
  57. Journal of Biomedical Sciences
  58. Journal of Bone Reports & Recommendations
  59. Journal of Cellular & Molecular Pathology
  60. Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders
  61. Journal of Childhood Obesity
  62. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Nephrology
  63. Journal of Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology
  64. Journal of Clinical Developmental Biology
  65. Journal of Clinical Epigenetics
  66. Journal of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
  67. Journal of Contraceptive Studies
  68. Journal of Cryophysics
  69. Journal of Diabetes Medication & Care
  70. Journal of Drug Abuse
  71. Journal of Eye & Cataract Surgery
  72. Journal of Headache & Pain Management
  73. Journal of Health & Medical Economics
  74. Journal of Healthcare Communications
  75. Journal of Heavy Metal Toxicity and Diseases
  76. Journal of HIV & Retro Virus
  77. Journal of Imaging and Interventional Radiology
  78. Journal of In Silico & In Vitro Pharmacology
  79. Journal of Infectious Diseases and Treatment
  80. Journal of Informatics and Data Mining
  81. Journal of Intensive and Critical Care
  82. Journal of Medical Toxicology and Clinical Forensic Medicine
  83. Journal of MPE Molecular Pathological Epidemiology
  84. Journal of Neonatal Studies
  85. Journal of Neoplasm
  86. Journal of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
  87. Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
  88. Journal of Neuropsychiatry
  89. Journal of Obesity & Eating Disorders
  90. Journal of Organic & Inorganic Chemistry
  91. Journal of Orthodontics & Endodontics
  92. Journal of Pediatric Care
  93. Journal of Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  94. Journal of Prevention and Infection Control
  95. Journal of Preventive Medicine
  96. Journal of Rare Disorders: Diagnosis & Therapy
  97. Journal of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  98. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Metrology
  99. Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  100. Medical & Clinical Reviews
  101. Medical case reports
  102. Medical Mycology: Open Access
  103. Mental Health in Family Medicine
  104. Molecular Enzymology and Drug Targets
  105. Nano Research & Applications
  106. Neuro-Oncology: Open Access
  107. Pediatric Emergency Care and Medicine: Open Access
  108. Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Open Access
  109. Periodontics and Prosthodontics: Open Access
  110. Polymer Sciences Polymer Sciences
  111. Quality in Primary Care
  112. Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine
  113. Reproductive Immunology: Open Access
  114. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Open Access
  115. Skin Diseases & Skin Care
  116. Spine Research
  117. Stroke Research & Therapy
  118. Structural Chemistry & Crystallography Communication
  119. Translational Biomedicine
  120. Trauma & Acute Care
  121. Trends in Green Chemistry
  122. Universal Surgery
  123. Vitiligo & Dermatomyositis

12 Responses to Watch Out for Insight Medical Publishing (iMedPub) (www.imedpub.com)

  1. Ivy Willow says:

    Thank you for this. I just recently followed your blog, but I’ve been reading on it for a while now. I’m not a researcher or super proficient in reading studies, but this has helped me extensively in finding reliable resources and staying away from others. I like debunking pseudoscientific things, and your blog has been such a necessary help. ^.^ I’m sure others get even more use out of it than I do. Thank you so, so much for this ^.^
    Have a beautiful day sunshine!

  2. herr doktor bimler says:

    What a coincidence! Only yesterday I checked my spam folder and found an invitation to contribute to Clinical Psychiatry, iMedPub’s latest aspirational imprint… although the link in the e-mail leads to a different journal, International Journal of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine (they don’t seem to work very hard to customise the spam).

    The Assistant Editor prefers the anonymity of an initial rather than a last name, because that really shouts out ‘credibility’ and ‘integrity’:

    Kavya M
    One Commerce Center 1201
    Orange St #600 | City Wilmington
    Delaware | USA

    But after the discouragingly florid beginning to the message, I was not inclined to put much credence into the Delaware address:

    Greetings!!!
    Hope you are doing well!!!
    We are glad to find you here.

    Well, yes, I am glad to find me here too.

    Everything on the webpage was plagiarised shamelessly from other sources, except the “Recommended Conferences” list, which proves to be devoted entirely to OMICS mockademic meetings. In fact I’d go as far as to suggest that OMICS is shifting focus to the Scam Conference as a primary revenue racket, and that the iMedPub stable of websites put more emphasis on advertising the conferences than on soliciting publication fees.

  3. L_C says:

    I wouldn’t put much credence into that address either. Their US address in Delaware belongs to an LLC formation group (https://www.incnow.com) and their UK address in London, found on the ‘contact us’ page, belongs to a company that provides virtual office addresses and accompanying Post Boxes (http://www.freeindex.co.uk/profile(prime-secretarial-services)_308230.htm). The phone number for the DE address is one commonly used by other journals belonging to OMICS and has an area code for Nevada. Of course, the actual site, is hosted by the IP address 182.18.136.108 in Telangana, Hyderabad, India.

    In regards to the dubious nature of imed.pub and some of its previous connections to Insight Medical Publishing, I’d recommend reading the blog post by Matt Hodgkinson about imed.pub’s possible sock puppetry, stock photos, and other questionable practices, if you haven’t already:
    http://journalology.blogspot.com/2015/08/imed-publishing-fell-for-bohannons.html

  4. Vijay Raghavan says:

    Please read this article:

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/09/nobel-winner-boycott-science-journals

    The irony is, Schekman became a “crusader” only after receiving the Nobel prize. Although he is to be appreciated for his courage, there’s still some hypocrisy about him!

    Looks as if Jeffrey Beall is the only true crusader around.

  5. M. LaRocco says:

    Thank you for this invaluable web site. It seems at least twice per week lately that I’m sent an invitation from a predatory journal listed on your site. I attribute this recent flurry of invites to a recent publication of mine in a well known and reputable journal. Today it was from “Quality in Primary Care”. The invites are all very similar in content and are usually posted in the very early morning hours. Today’s sender is “enthralled” to read my recent article and invites me to submit NOW. The mailing was sent by “Neel”, an assistant editor but without an address. A link to iMed Publishing was provided. I’m amazed by these brazen scams and hope all recipients of these emails have found your site.

  6. MGrenier, MD says:

    In addition to the aforementioned, this firm imposes a financial penalty when the researcher attempts to withdraw their publication (“a minimum of $100”). Very interesting indeed.

  7. I walk alone says:

    This is a sister-branch of the OMICS empire. And the best thing is that they operate both the companies under one roof. Even the templates used for inviting submissions or editorial board members or whatever are similar.

  8. Scork Crew says:

    I just received an invitation to publish in “Insights in Analytical Electrochemistry”. This line made me laugh, “you are the eminent personality to us; we would like to publish your article in our journal. Please let us know how much can you afford towards the article processing charges”. Flattering as it is, it’s hard to believe that would be written by a Gabriel Shaw in an LA office.

  9. nadeem akhtar says:

    Thank you for such an informative message. I was getting some message to be a Editorial member of the journal.

  10. Thank you for your article – if only I had read it sooner! My co-authors and I naively submitted an article to ‘Archives of Medicine’, believing it to be a proper peer-reviewed journal. Imagine our surprise when within days, we got an acceptance letter, together with an invoice for publishing costs. Obviously, we immediately informed them that we wished to retract the submission.

    That was the last we heard of it – until the action editor of another journal – to which we subsequently had submitted our manuscript – told us that their journal didn’t accept duplicate publications…
    Turns out, AoM had published our paper without our consent (and without payment – they must be getting desperate). By then, the paper had been available online for months already, so now it’s thoroughly ‘burned’. We can’t submit it anywhere else, we can’t cite it, it’s a complete loss.

    I strongly advise everyone to stay well away from IMed.pub!

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