VT: Over the past year, we have had fake scientific papers, maybe over a hundred, published on fake journals, sent to us supporting wild claims about vaccine deaths and side effects. Some of those publishing this crap are fined, others facing prosecution for fraud but anti-vaxxers put up new ones every day.
Their effort is twofold, harming the public through ‘information terrorism’ and ripping off would be scientists who pay to have their articles, many of which contain false data, published.
Fiorreports: Like the Texas Rangers of yore rounding up gangs of cattle thieves and gunslingers, another Texas team, led by Kathleen Berryman, is after a different breed of outlaw: scammers in the wild, wild west of internet email scams.
But the scammers Berryman tracks down run an elaborate scheme that targets the one group of people you think would know better: scientists.
The scam is simple: create a fake academic journal and encourage scholars to submit their work there. When they do, ask the researchers to pay them hundreds of dollars in fees. Then it’s estimated that you should rake in up to $ 150 million – most of it is supplied by taxpayers – while doing nothing to advance the science business and quite a bit to damage it.
And they are true outlaws: these magazines are against US law. In one case in 2019, a federal judge ordered the magazine publisher Srinubabu Gedela and its companies – OMICS Group Inc., iMedPub LLC, Conference Series LLC – to pay more than $ 50.1 million to counter the Federal Trade Commission’s allegations clear up the fraudulent claims they made against scholars and researchers about the nature of their conferences and publications and hidden high publication fees. Read more…