Pulsus Group

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Pulsus Group Ltd
IndustryAcademic publishing, Academic conferences
FounderRobert Kalina
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom; Hyderabad, Telangana, India; Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Area served
Key people
Srinubabu Gedela
Chief executive officer
ProductsMedical journals
ServicesScience, technology, and medicine

Pulsus Group is a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical literature. It was formed in 1984, primarily to publish peer-reviewed medical journals. As of 2016, Pulsus published 49 hybrid and full open-access journals, 15 of which had been adopted as the official publications of the related medical societies.[1] Pulsus Group also conducts conferences in association with scientific societies.[2][3]

OMICS Publishing Group, an open access publisher widely regarded as predatory, purchased Pulsus in 2016, causing controversy and putting the future of the journals into question. The company has been placed on Jeffrey Beall's list of "Potential, possible, or probable" predatory open-access publishers.[4]


The company was founded in 1984 by Robert Kalina to provide Canadian doctors with an alternative to American journals. In December 2015, Pulsus sold four of its journals to the open access publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation.[5] In 2016, Pulsus was bought by OMICS Publishing Group, an open access publisher widely regarded as predatory,[6][7][8][9][10][11] causing controversy and putting the future of the journals into question.[12][13] Kalina, the owner of Pulsus Group was retiring but could not find buyers for Pulsus Group's remaining journals, but claimed that the sale negotiated with OMICS would continue to protect the interests of the societies that own the journals.[14] Since the takeover by OMICS, several editors-in-chief have resigned[13] and a number of societies have decided to take their journals to a different publisher.[12] The CEO of OMICS has promised that the journals published by Pulsus will be run independently by the respective societies that they belong to, with OMICS only providing hosting, PDF formatting, and design.[15] Nonetheless, Jeffrey Beall added Pulsus Group to his list of "Potential, possible, or probable" predatory open-access publishers.[16]


In September 2016, Pulsus Group acquired another Canadian publisher, Andrew John Publishing, including 17 medical journals associated with medical societies of the Middle East and Canada,[17] and some journals from the London based Future Science Publishing Group operating as Openaccessjournals.com.[18]

Predatory behavior[edit]

In 2019 it was reported that Pulsus journals were listing on their mastheads three professors from the University of Toronto, two of whom had disassociated themselves from the journals in 2014 and 2016, and the third of whom had never agreed to be associated with the journal. After this discovery, the professors' names were removed from the journals.[19]

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  1. ^ "Pulsus Profile". Pulsus Group. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Pulsus 2017 16th International Conference on Nephrology". Biospace.com. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Annual World Congress on Biomarkers and Clinical Research". Military-Technologies.net. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ Beall, Jeffrey. "LIST OF PUBLISHERS". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. ^ Brown, C. (3 October 2016). "Alleged predatory publisher buys medical journals". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 188: E398. doi:10.1503/cmaj.109-5338. PMC 5088087.
  6. ^ Beall, Jeffrey. "The OMICS Publishing Group's Empire is Expanding". Scholarly OA. Archived from the original on 22 October 2015.
  7. ^ Stratford, Michael (4 March 2012). "'Predatory' Online Journals Lure Scholars Who Are Eager to Publish". Chronicle.com. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  8. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (1 July 2010). "Update: Predatory Open-Access Scholarly Publishers". The Charleston Advisor. Charleston.publisher.ingentaconnect.com. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  9. ^ Declan Butler, "Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing", Nature, 27 March 2013
  10. ^ Jocelyn Kaiser, "ScienceInsider: U.S. Government Accuses Open Access Publisher of Trademark Infringement" Archived 10 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Science, 09 May 2013
  11. ^ "On the Net, a scam of a most scholarly kind" The Hindu, 26 September 2012.
  12. ^ a b Chown, Marco; Favaro, Avis; St. Philip, Elizabeth (29 September 2016). "Canadian medical journals hijacked for junk science". Toronto Star. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  13. ^ a b Puzic, Sonja (29 September 2016). "Offshore firm accused of publishing junk science takes over Canadian journals". CTV News. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Canadian Medical Association Journal: Alleged predatory publisher buys medical journals". 3 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Full statement by Srinubabu Gedela, CEO and Managing Director of OMICS Group". CTV Television Network. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  16. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (29 September 2016). "Scam Publisher OMICS International Buying Legitimate Journals". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  17. ^ Babu, Abhishek (16 September 2016). "Pulsus Group Takes over Andrew John Publications: A Major Break Through in Medical Publishing" (Press release). Pulsus Group. PRWeb. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  18. ^ Babu, Abhishek (20 September 2016). "Pulsus Acquires openaccessjournals.com: The Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals Publisher" (Press release). Pulsus Group. PRWeb. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  19. ^ Heimlich, Peter M. (22 April 2019). "Medical journals published by "predatory" publisher claim three University of Toronto faculty members are editors". The Sidebar. See also "Weekend reads". Retraction Watch. 27 April 2019.

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