Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Predatory Publishers Now Have Worthy Adversary, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Predatory publishers now have an adversary - the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For years scientific and medical authors have been lured in to submit their articles and pay high “open access” fees without realizing the publisher was not the authoritative one they thought it was. Now the FTC has taken on a major participant. As reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education (by Paul Basken, 8-30-2016), the FTC “filed a civil complaint this month in federal court in Nevada against one of the largest publishers of online science journals, OMICS Group, Inc.”


Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian in Denver, has long tracked these publishers and records them at Beall’s List on his website, Scholarly Open Access.

For more, see my earlier post.

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