FTC goes after 'predatory' journals

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken legal action against the publisher of a large number of what are being called "predatory" scientific journals.

In its lawsuit against OMICS Group Inc. - which operates hundreds of online journals in a variety of fields, including agriculture, food, environmental sciences and veterinary science - FTC said the company bombards scientists with emails soliciting articles, misrepresents the reputation of its publications and doesn't disclose that authors have to pay substantial fees - ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars - to be published.

In addition to OMICS Group, FTC is challenging two OMICS-affiliated companies, iMedPub LLC and Conference Series LLC, along with company president and director Srinubabu Gedela.