The new owner of two prominent chains of Canadian medical journals is publishing fake research for cash, and pretending it is genuine.
OMICS International, based in Hyderabad, India, had a reputation as a “predatory publisher” when it bought Pulsus Group and Andrew John Publishing, two Canadian publishers of medical journals, earlier this year. Predatory journals print fake or incompetent studies to help unqualified academics pad their CVs and advance their careers.
OMICS has publicly insisted it will maintain high standards.
But now the company has published an unintelligible and heavily plagiarized piece of writing submitted by Postmedia News to test its quality control.
The paper is online today in the Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics — not one of the original Canadian journals, but now jointly owned with them. And it’s awful.
OMICS claims this paper passed peer review, and presents useful insights in philosophy, when clearly it is entirely fake. (more...)
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