What is wrong about this press release just published by PRNewsWire? It’s a rhetorical question, meet fake events produced by predatory publishing group OMICS:
“Conference Series with the noble cause of joining hands with the medical and healthcare associations in their strive against health epidemics, to equip them with the necessary knowledge of novel trends in healthcare and to provide continuing education, organise medical and healthcare conferences across America, Europe and Asia with 1000+ scientific societies. Being one among the world’s leading specialist in organising scientific and medical conferences, events trade, and consumer exhibitions both domestically and internationally in different verticals and horizontals like Medical, Pharma, Engineering, Science, Technology and Business, Conference Series attracts 50 million+ visitors, 25000+ unique visitors per conference and 75000+ page views for every individual conference would help in quantifying our presenters research and biography visibility to the online communities and get recognized worldwide.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Srinubabu Gedela, added, with the support from industry and academia OMICS Group and its subsidiaries able to schedule 3,000 global annual events in 40 countries for 2018. Healthcare conferences as significant events, which brings together a unique international mix of large and medium medical and clinical research and diagnostic companies, leading universities and medical research institutions. He called these conferences as a perfect platform to share experience, foster collaborations across industry and academia.”
We already have fake news and fake market research. The events promoted by OMICS Group represent a genre of fake events.
Here is what Wikipedia says about OMICS – “OMICS Publishing Group is a publisher of open access journals that is widely regarded as predatory.”
More about predatory publisher OMICS from FTC site:
“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.”
Patterns of Predation from Wired:
“OMICS victims are mostly young researchers, new to the scholarly publishing world.”
More about fake events fro Huffington Post:
“In this post, we hope to raise awareness about the growing menace of bogus conferences, organized by predatory publishers as well as specialized conference groups such as BIT Congress Inc, Conference Series Ltd, Event Series (both owned by OMICS International), PSC Conference and many others. These groups, often based out of China and India, run vanity conferences on nearly every conceivable topic.”