Monday, January 30, 2017

OMICS and the International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology

Well known as a "predatory publisher", OMICS is also in the conference business -- bigtime. Despite the California address, its roots are in India. An email of 6/14/16 is entitled "Promulgate your research":
Dear Dr.Colleague, We are currently bringing forth "5th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology along with external scientific association with the researches, academicians, and Forensic market leaders around the globe, scheduled during Oct 31- Nov 02, 2016 at San Francisco, USA. ... Based on your eminence in the field, we would like to invite you for Forensic Research 2016 Conference. ... All accepted abstracts for this Conference will be published in the respective OMICS International Journals ... Thanks and Regards, Charlene Campbell, Program Manager, 731 Gull Ave., Foster City | CA 94404, USA
"Eminent Speakers" listed in the email are Yoshiaki Omura, New York Medical College, USA; Ronn Johnson, University of San Diego, USA; Shaul Gabbay, University of Denver, USA; George W. Adams, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), USA; Lucy Love, G4s Forensic and Medical Services, UK; Corena De Beer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Riaud xavier, National Academy of Dental Surgery, France; Stephanie Kewley, Birmingham City University, UK; Marcelo de Oliveira, University of São Paulo, Brazil

OMICS also is marketing under the brand of with an address or telephone number in Nevada. A 10/7/16 email from Charlene Campbell to "Dear Dr.DavidH.Kaye" for the 10/31 conference offered its
Greetings !! We are writing this mail to announce the commencement of "5th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology” ... Oct 31- Nov 02, 2016 ... Based on your expertise, it will be very delightful to have your research talk at the conference and galvanize the scientific community. ... Regards, Charlene Campbell, Program Manager, Phone +1-702 508 5200, Email:;
On February 16 and again on April 1, 2017, Charlene invited me
as a Speaker to attend the "6th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology" (Forensic Research 2017) to be held in Houston, USA on September 18-20, 2017, which is a globally renowned annual conference. The conference theme for 2017 is “Setting Archetypes in the Global Forensics Realm”
(The full invitation, including two promises of "certification" by nothing less than the conference's own "organizing committee" is at a more general description of OMICS' Conference Series.)

The recognition of my putative expertise extends well beyond my knowledge of forensic science. For example:
Dear Dr.Kaye, David, ... Beneficial Microbes 2016 is specifically premeditated with a unifying axiom providing pulpit to widen the imminent scientific creations. The main theme of the conference is “Exploiting power of Microbes for the Industrial Development ". Submit your abstract at: ... Yours Sincerely, Enora Blake, Beneficial Microbes 2016, 2360 Corporate Circle, Suite 400 Henderson, NV 89074-7722, USA, Tel: 1-888-843-8169,
Later (7/28/16), I received an unsolicited elevation to the organizing committee in an email entitled "Be a part at our Conference":
Dear Dr. Kaye, David, ... Based on your expertise we would like to honor you by giving the position as an Organizing Committee Member for Beneficial Microbes -2016. Privileges for Organizing Committee: Plenary speech opportunity, ... Promotions for your own labs will be feasible ... Best Regards, Enora Blake [no address this time and the new phone number +1-650-268-9744]
Disclaimer: You are receiving this email because of your eminence in the field of Life Science.
 My eminence was reduced a notch in an email of 9/10/16, which explained how "Inorder to felicitate your eminence you are being invited as our Invited Speaker to the conference. ... Looking forward to hear from you, Best Regards, Enora Blake."

The website lists an organizing committee of three members as of 9/30/16: Choong-Min Kang, Associate Professor, California State University Stanislaus; Provorov Nikolai, Deputy director, All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology; and Rajesh Sani, Associate Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

See also this email about a cancer therapy conference out of suite 400. The same strategy is evident in an email of 8/22/16 to "Dear.David H. Kaye , We would like to solicit your gracious presence as a speaker at the upcoming CME Accredited 2nd International Conference on Adolescent Medicine and Child Psychology which is going to be held from October 06-07, 2016 at London, UK."

In August 2016, the FTC charged the OMICS Group, its tentacles (iMedPub LLC and Conference Series LLC), and Managing Director and CEO Srinubabu Gedela, with multiple violations of the FTC Act’s prohibition on deceptive acts or practices. See also Kevin Carey, Fake Academe, Looking Much Like the Real Thing, N.Y. Times, Dec. 30, 2016, and the entry within this posting on

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