Predatory Journals on Trial: Allegations, Responses, and Lessons for Scholarly Publishing from FTC v. OMICS

Manley, Stewart (2019) Predatory Journals on Trial: Allegations, Responses, and Lessons for Scholarly Publishing from FTC v. OMICS. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 50 (3). pp. 183-200. ISSN 1198-9742

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3138/jsp.50.3.02

Abstract

On 25 August 2016, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued OMICS Group Inc., iMedPub LLC, Conference Series LLC, and Srinubabu Gedela, all affiliated with open access mega-publisher OMICS International, for deception in their solicitation of journal articles and advertising of conferences. The ongoing lawsuit seeks to stop OMICS's deceptive practices and disgorge US $50.5 million in ill-gotten gains. OMICS has in turn claimed over $2.1 billion for harm caused by the lawsuit to its business and employees. This article describes the main arguments, counter-arguments, and court decisions in the 5920 pages of pleadings, exhibits, and orders that have been filed through 14 October 2018. The article then evaluates the case to formulate key take-aways for publishers, editors, academics, and universities. Depending on its ultimate outcome, the case against OMICS may be a turning point in the practices of questionable open access online publishers, making this interim case assessment pertinent to all concerned about the future of academic publishing. © University of Toronto Press.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Deceptive practices; Federal Trade Commission; OMICS; Predatory publishing
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Books (General). Writing. Paleography
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2020 05:43
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2020 05:43
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/24056

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