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Feds Target ‘Predatory’ Publishers – Inside Higher Ed (Carl Straumsheim August 2016)

Published/Released on August 29, 2016 | Posted by Admin on September 1, 2016 / , , , ,
 


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The Federal Trade Commission is “marking a line in the sand” with its first lawsuit against publishers that take advantage of scholars wishing to publish in open-access journals.

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday filed a complaint against the academic journal publisher OMICS Group and two of its subsidiaries, saying the publisher deceives scholars and misrepresents the editorial rigor of its journals.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, marks the first time the FTC has gone after what are often known as “predatory” publishers. Such publishers exploit open-access publishing as a way to charge steep fees to researchers who believe their work will be printed in legitimate journals, when in fact the journals may publish anyone who pays and lack even a basic peer-review process.

Ioana Rusu, a staff attorney with the FTC, said in an interview that the commission is responding to a growing number of calls from people in academe for some sort of action to be taken against publishers that take advantage of scholars wishing to publish in open-access journals…

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