I learned recently that the domain name for one of the publishers on my list had expired. In investigating this, I learned that the publisher’s lone journal has been sold, apparently, to OMICS International, the most notorious and predatory scholarly publisher ever to exist.
The publisher was called Management Journals. Its domain name expired on July 11, 2016 and has not been renewed. It published only one journal, the International Journal of Economics and Management Sciences (IJEMS), which started publishing in 2011.
Management Journals claimed to be based in Staten Island, New York, but I think it was really run from Pakistan.
Looking at the Wayback Machine, it appears the journal published a total of 26 issues from the period 2011-2014. I originally thought that the published content had been lost, as is normally the case when an open-access publisher goes out of business. But I searched the titles of some of the old articles to see whether they still existed anywhere on the internet and found they were indeed still available.
I discovered the journal was sold to OMICS International, and they have transferred all or most of the articles from the old journal to its new website. OMICS has given the journal a new editorial board and a new, fake impact factor.
OMICS International has for several years been spamming journals offering to buy them, and some of these emails have been forwarded to me. This appears to be a case where they were successful in acquiring a low-quality journal and fitting it into their journal portfolio, which is already full of rubbish journals.
There’s no re-direct from the old URLs to the new ones. The lesson here is that if you publish in a low-quality, open-access journal, your article may someday appear in a journal from a stigmatized publisher such OMICS International.
OMICS International’s management suffers from megalomania and wants to take over and rule scholarly publishing. The publisher doesn’t manage any peer review for most of the articles it publishes, and it is abusive towards scholarly authors, as I have documented many times here.
Again, be careful where you publish, or your work may appear in a journal from a publisher like OMICS International.