Is Omicsonline a scientific scam?
Yes it is.
If you have published scientific papers you will most probably get an email like the one bellow. Email like this come from the Omicsonline group and they come from either @omicsonline.org or @omicsgroup.com addresses. They will either ask you to write a paper or attend a conference. In either case you will have to pay a fee.
Such conferences most probably don't exist, and the papers you can find on their website are not indexed in Pubmed. I suspect they are made up papers with made up authors or which is the worst case - authors don't even know they have published papers in these journals. It is possible that the names of scientists have been used without their knowledge and that they don't even know that they are the members of the editorial board, for example.
Create filter for such emails and send them to spam folder.
Dear Dr. Milos Pjanic
We hereby want to invite you to submit a paper for The Journal of Health & Medical Informatics for a special issue.
Special issue title: Bioinformatics
This special issue is being edited by:
Albany State University
It would be grateful if you would submit a paper for this upcoming special issue on " Bioinformatics". Both Research and Review papers are welcome for possible publication in this issue. The deadline for submissions is 22nd November, 2011 and the target publishing date is 23rd, December 2011.
You may submit your paper by e-mail at email@example.com
or online at http://www.omicsonline.org/submission/
Please specify the title of the special issue in the subject if you submit by e-mail, or in the cover letter if you submit online.
Special features to articles published in The Journal of Health & Medical Informatics include:
1)Timely dissemination of your research work
2)Free PDF/Digital file of your published paper
3)No restriction for use/distribution
4)Create great looking digital files for distribution
5)Sharing you published work in social networking like Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, RSS feeds, etc.
6)Translation of published paper to more than 50 languages
7)Nominal processing fee and reduction (i.e. 1/2) of general processing fee.
Benefits of the special issue
Contributors/authors: On special consideration, processing fee for special issue articles: $ 919
For more details on regular articles processing fee
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. We would appreciate it if you could let us know at your earliest convenience (but no longer than three weeks please) whether or not you will be submitting a paper. We are looking forward to hear from you soon!
With kind regards,
Editor of Special Issue
OMICS Publishing Group
5716 Corsa Ave., Suite 110
Westlake, Los Angeles
CA 91362-7354, USA
Toll free : +1-800-216-6499