Predatory journal has firm grip on universities

Scientists from the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital and other top-tier institutions across Canada keep publishing their results in fake science journals, tainting the work despite years of warnings, writes Tom Spears for the Ottawa Citizen.

Until recently, the scope of the problem of ‘predatory’ journals has been hard to measure. Now, one giant in the fake publishing field, OMICS International of India, has improved the search engine for 700 journals. As a result, the Citizen found hundreds of Canadian scientists publishing recently with the Indian firm – the same company that accepted the newspaper’s analysis of how pigs fly.

Although the papers may be fine, they have not been independently reviewed – a crucial step that real journals provide but OMICS ignores. At Canadian Science Publishing, a legitimate journal publisher, Jim Germida said he can’t believe scientists fail to understand a problem that has been so widely discussed for years.
Full report on the Ottawa Citizen site