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Questionable practices in Scholarly Publishing: the Stance of the ISSN network

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Presentation given at IFLA WLIC in Columbus, Ohio (2016)

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Questionable practices in Scholarly Publishing: the Stance of the ISSN network

  1. 1. 1 Questionable Practices in Scholarly Publishing: the Stance of the ISSN Network Gaëlle Béquet Director ISSN International Centre IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  2. 2. 2 The ISSN Network Today IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  3. 3. 3 The ISSN International Register - 1,884,900 records describing serials and continuing resources both print and digital - 73,834 records added in 2015 (from 69,262 in 2005 and 66,171 in 2010) - 177,601 digital serials with ISSN in 2015 - 22,610 records for digital serials in 2015 (from 6934 in 2005 and 11,429 in 2010) IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  4. 4. 4 Open Access: Our new Challenges (1) 2002: Budapest Declaration 2003: Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing 2003: Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  5. 5. 5 Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  6. 6. 6 Key Figures about ROAD: Content - 257 Academic repositories - 145 Conference proceedings - 14633 Journals - 231 Monographic series - 709 Scholarly blogs IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  7. 7. 7 Key Figures about ROAD: Usage IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio User queries between May and December 2015
  8. 8. 8 Open Access: Our new Challenges (2) What happened in 2012? - Inception of ROAD and… - Emergence of « predatory publishing " What was the impact to the ISSN Network ? IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  9. 9. 9 Open Access: Our new Challenges (2) The development of active predatory open access journals from 2010 to 2014 (Shen, Björk, 2015) IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  10. 10. 10 Open Access: Our new Challenges (2) The distribution of predatory OA publishers (n = 656) by geographic regions (Shen, Björk, 2015) IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  11. 11. 11 The ISSN network and Questionable Publishers ISSN stands for identification, not for quality assessment. How do ISSN National centres proceed when faced with questionable practices? IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
  12. 12. 12 Promoting Ethics in Open Access Publishing The link between questionable practices in publishing and the Open Access movement is not that obvious… Fraud in publishing is as old as the hills… Education is key to improving publishing practices and enlightening authors… IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
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  14. 14. 14 Think. Check. Submit. Help researchers identify trusted journals A simple checklist to assess credentials Help ensure a body of quality scholarly literature What?i
  15. 15. 15 More research is being published worldwide New journals launched each week Can be a challenge to find up-to-date guidance Stories of malpractice & deception on the rise Why?i
  16. 16. 16 Journal has lower or no profile among peers > Few or no citations Paper not indexed or archived > Difficult or impossible for peers to find Poor publishing experience > Work not adequately reviewed or edited Damaged reputation Implicationsi
  17. 17. 17 ! Are you submitting to a trusted journal? ! Is it the best one for your work?
  18. 18. 18  Do you or your colleagues know the journal?  Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?  Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?  Are articles indexed in the services you use?  Is it clear what fees will be charged?  Do you recognize the editorial board?  Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?
  19. 19. 19 > Only if you can answer ‘yes’ to all or most of these questions
  20. 20. 20 www.thinkchecksubmit.org feedback@thinkchecksubmit.org @TCS_Campaign #thinkchecksubmit Interested?i
  21. 21. 21  ALPSP  BioMed Central  DOAJ  INASP  ISSN  LIBER  OASPA  SPARC  Springer Nature  STM  Ubiquity Press  UKSG Who? Who?i
  22. 22. 22 • Visit: thinkchecksubmit.org, sign-up for news Researchers: use the list, tell us what you think Librarians: add check list to faculty resources All: submit your FAQs via #thinkchecksubmit Publishers… Get involvedi
  23. 23. 23 Publishers: – link to thinkchecksubmit.org from your website – blog about the campaign – include in your talks – add to your workshops – add to your eTOCs Get involvedi
  24. 24. 24 Thank you! gaelle.bequet@issn.org www.issn.org road.issn.org ISSNInternationalCentre @ISSN_IC IFLA – Session 114 – The Role of Stakeholders in the New Serials World - August 15th, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio

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