The Federal Trade Commission fined OMICS Group 50.1 million

It took some time, but it seems like my little sting against the OMICS group finally paid off. I had used the iOS autocomplete function to create a fake paper for one of their conferences which was accepted for publication after only three hours. I had brought my case forward to the trade commission and they now fined OMICS group. This is good news for the scientific community and I hope that this will reduce the number of predatory journals and conferences.

Here is some of the news coverage:

Bloomberg Businessweek interviewed Omics about my nonsense paper

Esmé E Deprez and Caroline Chen from Bloomberg Businessweek visited the headquarters of Omics in India to interview its owner Srinubabu Gedela about his company. Omics is widely considered a predatory publisher that publishes papers without rigorous peer review. Confronted with the acceptance of my non-sensical paper he replied that “Bartneck’s paper slipped through because it was submitted so close to the conference’s deadline.” Yeah, right.