U.S. government agency sues publisher, charging it with deceiving researchers – Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch

“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged a publisher of hundreds of academic journals with deceiving readers about reviewing practices, publication fees, and the nature of its editorial boards….If successful, the FTC suit could result in the court asking OMICS to return money to some researchers, among other penalties….We have attempted to contact OMICS for comment, and will update with anything we learn.”

FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers | Federal Trade Commission

“The Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

The FTC’s complaint alleges that OMICS Group, Inc., along with two affiliated companies and their president and director, Srinubabu Gedela, claim that their journals follow rigorous peer-review practices and have editorial boards made up of prominent academics. In reality, many articles are published with little to no peer review and numerous individuals represented to be editors have not agreed to be affiliated with the journals….”