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Workshop G-04
Thursday, 20/June/2019:
9:00am - 10:15am

Location: Room 035

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ID: 138 / Workshop G-04: 1
Workshop session
Topics: Ecology of Scholarly Communications
Keywords: Predatory Publishing, Open Access

Predatory Publishing - how to detect questionable journals?

Jasmin Schmitz

ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences, Germany

Many open access journals are funded by article content that will be covered. , processing charges (APCs), also known as publication fees. A small number of these journals provide little or no editorial or publishing services in return for the money they charge. These kinds of business practices are often referred to as "predatory publishing". At the beginning "predatory publishing" was considered as a topic only relevant for library departments providing open access services. Soon it became clear that the issue also affects other library departments such as acquisition as well. How can libraries prevent researchers from publishing in such journals and how to deal with suspicious journals with regard to the library's catalogue are two key questions. In order to identify questionable journals, a list of criteria is needed, in addition to (or even as a substitute) to black lists (e.g. Beall's list) and white lists (e.g. Directory of Open Access Journals) which both promise to provide quick orientation but can be considered as problematic as well. The aim of the workshop is to discuss how such a list of criteria can look like. Which criteria can be applied? Are there "hard" and "soft" criteria? This list can either be used to raise awareness within the researcher's community but can also provide orientation whether to index journals in question.

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand the phenomenon "predatory publishing" (e.g. with regard to definition, extent, criteria),
  • Apply criteria that can be used to detect "predatory journals".

Type of interactivity : Discussion of criteria that can be used to identify "predatory journals" using the "pin board technique": suggestions for criteria will be written on cards which are attached to a pin board (or something similar). After a "collection phase" cards/criteria will be rearranged to a list of "hard" and "soft" criteria. Method of documentation: photo protocol.

Level : Intermediate

Target audience : All colleagues who are affected by the topic are at least interested.

Preparation for the session : No

Biography and Bibliography
Jasmin Schmitz received a PhD in information science. She worked as a freelance trainer for a commercial provider for scientific information and as scientific project coordinator in the field of bibliometrics. At ZB MED she is responsible for the Open Access Advisory Services.
Schmitz-Predatory Publishing-138_a.pdf

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