|Industry||Academic publishing, Academic conferences|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom; Hyderabad, Telangana, India; Oakville, Ontario, Canada|
|Srinubabu Gedela |
Chief executive officer
|Services||Science, technology, and medicine|
Pulsus Group is a Health informatics and Healthcare services company and a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical literature. It was formed in 1984, primarily to publish peer-reviewed medical journals. As of 2016[update], Pulsus publishes 49 hybrid and full open-access journals, 15 of which have been adopted as the official publications of the related medical societies. Pulsus Group conducts conferences in association with scientific societies.
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.
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. Pulsus was bought by OMICS Publishing Group, an open access publisher widely regarded as predatory, In 2016, causing controversy and putting the future of the journals into question. 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. Since the takeover by OMICS, several editors-in-chief have resigned and a number of societies have decided to take their journals to a different publisher. 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. Nonetheless, Jeffrey Beall added Pulsus Group to his list of "Potential, possible, or probable" predatory open-access publishers.
Pulsus Group publishes 49 journals that are either completely open access or subscription-based with an open access option, 15 of which are owned by the respective societies they serve. To publish open access requires authors to pay an article processing charge.
Pulsus also organizes conferences, with high fees, an absence of public data on organizers, and broad and dubious themes such as "Trending Edges in Chemistry - A Newfangled Look".
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, and some journals from the London based Future Science Publishing Group operating as Openaccessjournals.com.
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