A recent technology blog entry (New, Jake. 2013. “Publisher Threatens to Sue Blogger for $1-Billion” Chronicle of Higher Education) signals that librarian Jeff Beall has recently been threatened with a $1B lawsuit by the online publisher OMICS: “On his blog, Mr. Beall accuses OMICS of spamming scholars with invitations to publish, quickly accepting their papers, then charging them a nearly $3,000 publishing fee after a paper has been accepted.” Beall maintains a list of “predatory publishers” at http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/
OMICS previously has gotten into trouble with the US National Institutes of Health for making false claims about its
affiliation with the agency and has been in the news recently for luring scientists and researchers to conferences with
names that are very similarly titled to well-known conferences.