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How to spot a
PREDATORY PUBLISHER
Claire Sewell
Office of Scholarly Communication
ces43@cam.ac.uk
Agenda
What is a predatory publisher?
Why are they a problem?
Warning signs
Predatory publisher checklist
Agenda
What is a predatory publisher?
Why are they a problem?
Warning signs
Predatory publisher checklist
What is a ‘predatory’ publisher?
What is a ‘predatory’ publisher?
What is a ‘predatory’ publisher?
Hard to define!
Solicits content via email
Charges an author for services it doesn’t provide
Essentially a type of vanity press
Open Access publishing
Predatory publishers exploit the Gold OA model
OA fees pay for the added value of publication services
But predatory publishers don’t provide these
Importance of peer review
Ensures quality of the research
Spots errors
Can raise concerns before publication
Famous examples
Fuzzy Homogeneous Configurations - Margaret Simpson,
Kim Jong Fun & Edna Krabappel
Get Me Off Your F**king Mailing List
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs - Pinkerton LeBrain & Orson G
Welles
Center for Research in Applied Phrenology
Famous examples
Fuzzy Homogeneous Configurations - Margaret Simpson,
Kim Jong Fun & Edna Krabappel
Get Me Off Your F**king Mailing List
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs - Pinkerton LeBrain & Orson G
Welles
Center for Research in Applied Phrenology (C.R.A.P.)
Agenda
What is a predatory publisher?
Why are they a problem?
Warning signs
Predatory publisher checklist
Why do people publish?
Enhance their reputation
Increase visibility
Record research
Get recognised for their work
Adapted from a list by Australian National University
Why are predatory publishers a problem?
Limits publication with reputable publishers
Can negatively impact academic careers
Perpetuates bad research
When are they not a problem?
Depends on country context
Different reward systems lead to different behaviours
Are they a viable business model?
Predatory conferences
Target early career researchers
Offer speaking/chairing opportunities
Conferences with little or no academic merit
High charges to attend
Agenda
What is a predatory publisher?
Why are they a problem?
Warning signs
Predatory publisher checklist
Warning signs
Overly flattering emails
Publishing on a vast range of topics
Asking for a submission (or other hidden) fee
Publication times which seem too good to be true
Agenda
What is a predatory publisher?
Why are they a problem?
Warning signs
Predatory publisher checklist
Transparency
Is the publisher open about its practices?
Is contact information readily available?
Do they publish on a range of topics?
Assess the quality of the invitation to publish
BUT remember cultural differences
Fees
Are the author fees clearly explained?
Are they easy to find?
Be wary of any potentially hidden fees
Copyright
Are the rights of the author clearly explained?
Open Access – does it have a Creative Commons
licence?
Does the policy comply with funder requirements?
Peer review
Is the process clearly described?
Is the stated time frame for review realistic?
If an impact factor is given is it correct?
Editorial board
Are the Board members listed? Is there a named editor?
Do you recognise any of the names on the Board?
Do these people know they are on the Board?
Association membership
Is the publisher connected to a recognised institution?
Is it affiliated with a recognised association?
Website quality
Does the website look professional?
Are there spelling or other mistakes?
CAUTION: Be aware of cultural differences
Indexing
Is the journal indexed by typical databases in the field?
Are other journals by the same publisher indexed?
CAUTION: There may be legitimate reasons why a
journal is not indexed
Quality of previous publications
Look at previously published work to assess quality
Look for basic errors in titles and abstracts – are the
publishers familiar with the field?
Use your judgement
Above all – trust your professional judgement
If something feels wrong it probably is!
Top tips
If information is not easily accessible then ask why?
Remember that all publishers operate under different
circumstances
Trust your judgement!
Further information
Predatory Publishers (Office of Scholarly Communication)
http://bit.ly/OSCPredatoryPublishers
Predatory Publishers as a Rational Response to Poorly
Governed Academic Incentives
http://bit.ly/RationalResponse
Think, Check, Submit!
http://thinkchecksubmit.org/
THANKS FOR LISTENING
Claire Sewell
Research Support Skills Coordinator
Office of Scholarly Communication
ces43@cam.ac.uk
This presentation is available under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence

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How to Spot a Predatory Publisher

  • 1. How to spot a PREDATORY PUBLISHER Claire Sewell Office of Scholarly Communication ces43@cam.ac.uk
  • 2. Agenda What is a predatory publisher? Why are they a problem? Warning signs Predatory publisher checklist
  • 3. Agenda What is a predatory publisher? Why are they a problem? Warning signs Predatory publisher checklist
  • 4. What is a ‘predatory’ publisher?
  • 5. What is a ‘predatory’ publisher?
  • 6. What is a ‘predatory’ publisher? Hard to define! Solicits content via email Charges an author for services it doesn’t provide Essentially a type of vanity press
  • 7. Open Access publishing Predatory publishers exploit the Gold OA model OA fees pay for the added value of publication services But predatory publishers don’t provide these
  • 8. Importance of peer review Ensures quality of the research Spots errors Can raise concerns before publication
  • 9. Famous examples Fuzzy Homogeneous Configurations - Margaret Simpson, Kim Jong Fun & Edna Krabappel Get Me Off Your F**king Mailing List Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs - Pinkerton LeBrain & Orson G Welles Center for Research in Applied Phrenology
  • 10. Famous examples Fuzzy Homogeneous Configurations - Margaret Simpson, Kim Jong Fun & Edna Krabappel Get Me Off Your F**king Mailing List Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs - Pinkerton LeBrain & Orson G Welles Center for Research in Applied Phrenology (C.R.A.P.)
  • 11. Agenda What is a predatory publisher? Why are they a problem? Warning signs Predatory publisher checklist
  • 12. Why do people publish? Enhance their reputation Increase visibility Record research Get recognised for their work Adapted from a list by Australian National University
  • 13. Why are predatory publishers a problem? Limits publication with reputable publishers Can negatively impact academic careers Perpetuates bad research
  • 14. When are they not a problem? Depends on country context Different reward systems lead to different behaviours Are they a viable business model?
  • 15. Predatory conferences Target early career researchers Offer speaking/chairing opportunities Conferences with little or no academic merit High charges to attend
  • 16. Agenda What is a predatory publisher? Why are they a problem? Warning signs Predatory publisher checklist
  • 17. Warning signs Overly flattering emails Publishing on a vast range of topics Asking for a submission (or other hidden) fee Publication times which seem too good to be true
  • 18. Agenda What is a predatory publisher? Why are they a problem? Warning signs Predatory publisher checklist
  • 19. Transparency Is the publisher open about its practices? Is contact information readily available? Do they publish on a range of topics? Assess the quality of the invitation to publish BUT remember cultural differences
  • 20. Fees Are the author fees clearly explained? Are they easy to find? Be wary of any potentially hidden fees
  • 21. Copyright Are the rights of the author clearly explained? Open Access – does it have a Creative Commons licence? Does the policy comply with funder requirements?
  • 22. Peer review Is the process clearly described? Is the stated time frame for review realistic? If an impact factor is given is it correct?
  • 23. Editorial board Are the Board members listed? Is there a named editor? Do you recognise any of the names on the Board? Do these people know they are on the Board?
  • 24. Association membership Is the publisher connected to a recognised institution? Is it affiliated with a recognised association?
  • 25. Website quality Does the website look professional? Are there spelling or other mistakes? CAUTION: Be aware of cultural differences
  • 26. Indexing Is the journal indexed by typical databases in the field? Are other journals by the same publisher indexed? CAUTION: There may be legitimate reasons why a journal is not indexed
  • 27. Quality of previous publications Look at previously published work to assess quality Look for basic errors in titles and abstracts – are the publishers familiar with the field?
  • 28. Use your judgement Above all – trust your professional judgement If something feels wrong it probably is!
  • 29. Top tips If information is not easily accessible then ask why? Remember that all publishers operate under different circumstances Trust your judgement!
  • 30. Further information Predatory Publishers (Office of Scholarly Communication) http://bit.ly/OSCPredatoryPublishers Predatory Publishers as a Rational Response to Poorly Governed Academic Incentives http://bit.ly/RationalResponse Think, Check, Submit! http://thinkchecksubmit.org/
  • 31. THANKS FOR LISTENING Claire Sewell Research Support Skills Coordinator Office of Scholarly Communication ces43@cam.ac.uk This presentation is available under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence