Predatory Open Access Publisher OMICS Publishing Group Hits New Low in Blog Spamming

Posted on April 27, 2012

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The other day I wrote about how predatory publisher OMICS was spamming my blog. For those of you that are not familiar with the term blog spam, it is when a person/bot posts comments on websites and blogs, usually very low quality comment or comments that do not make sense in the context of the webpage/post, in hopes of sneaking in links. They are basically trying to build up hyperlinks from legitimate websites so that their scam website can rank higher in searches, mainly Google searches which are based partially on how many other websites link to you.

Last time they spammed me, they targeted my posts on Open Access and then made comments ripped from Wikipedia about Open Access e.g. did you know that there are two types of Open Access, Green & Gold. Which of course made no sense in the context I was writing about Open Access in.

Well now they are at it again but instead of ripping off Wikipedia they are ripping off other people’s comments on a post. Here are the comments I left on a post:

1st comment

Very interesting the range of opinions. Probably, a good review of the general members attitudes towards it, some very enthusiastic while others do not exactly seem to comprehend what OA is.

2nd comment

Maybe the AAA should make an announcement clarifying their position. It appears the AIA believes the AAA is against open access.

Though I have tried to make it clear that the AAA back tracked from its earlier positions.

Here is what the OMICS spam bot left on that same post:

the AAA should make an announcement clarifying their position. It appears the AIA believes the AAA is against open access.

Very interesting the range of opinions. Probably, a good review of the general members attitudes towards it, some very enthusiastic while others do not exactly seem to comprehend what OA is.

The OMICS spam bot could not even come up with its own spam but is now stealing from comments other people made. If you have any of these comments on your blog or website be sure to erase them. Do not give OMICS any link juice to help their search rankings.

For proof here is a screen shot (sorry it is a bit fuzzy):

Blog Spam from OMICS

Blog Spam from OMICS

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