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Should we really be worried
about predatory publishers?
HELEN DOBSON
Scholarly Communications Manager
The University of Manchester Library
@h_j_dobson
Jeffrey Beall
Scholarly
Communications
Librarian, University
of Colorado, Denver
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The phrase
• ‘Predatory publishers’
• “there is always the
possibility of engaging
in unethical behaviour
to chase large profit
margins and the
publishing industry is
no different” Raju
(2018)
• Assessment criteria
https://beallslist.weebly.com/upl
oads/3/0/9/5/30958339/criteria-
2015.pdf
• Potential, possible or
probable predatory
publishers/journals
A challenge
• #predatorypublisher
• https://beallslist.weebl
y.com/
• A different lens
Blacklists
BEALL’S LEGACY
Subjectivity
• Individual view
• “No single person or
source is equipped to
bear the responsibility
of being the ultimate
authority on what
constitutes as a best (or
poor) practice scholarly
publishing outlet”
Pleffer & Shrubb (2017)
• Criteria not limited to
OA journals
• “development of
additional criteria that
focuses on subject
content”
Olivarez et al (2018)
• Conferences
Angle
• Geographical slant
• “intolerance is a
reflection of inward
thinking and a
superiority complex”
Raju, 2018
Completeness
CRITIQUING THE CRITERIA
EXTRA CRITERIA..?
Librarians and publishers
• Increased transparency
• Increased affordability
• Liaison with OA publishers
• Payment on delivery
• No paid-for fast-track
publication option
• Refunds for errors
Authors and publishers
• Clarity on peer review
process/length
• Clarity on costs
• User-friendly systems
• Get out option
• Clarity on value-
added/benefits
‘BEALL’S’ LIST II
https://beallslist.
weebly.com/
CABELLS BLACKLIST
CABELLS BLACKLIST
WHAT CAN LIBRARIANS DO?
• Change the focus from journal to article
• Review publishing training/support
• Facilitate peer support
• Advocate for OA small presses/new journals
WHAT CAN OTHER SERVICES DO?
• Review inclusion criteria regularly? (Ulrichs,
RoMEO, DOAJ, OASPA)
• Review application criteria regularly? (ISSN,
Crossref)
ACTIVITY
• Discuss questions in groups
• Feedback using Trello link
https://trello.com/b/KdnYM2pQ/uksg-predatory-
publishers
helen.j.dobson@manchester.ac.uk
@h_j_dobson
THANK YOU

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UKSG 2018 Breakout - Should we really be worried about predatory publishers? - Dobson

  • 1. 1 April 2018 Should we really be worried about predatory publishers? HELEN DOBSON Scholarly Communications Manager The University of Manchester Library @h_j_dobson
  • 2. Jeffrey Beall Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Colorado, Denver Your pledge A picture of Jeffrey Beall. Uploaded on his Flickr account. CC-BY 2.0
  • 3. The phrase • ‘Predatory publishers’ • “there is always the possibility of engaging in unethical behaviour to chase large profit margins and the publishing industry is no different” Raju (2018) • Assessment criteria https://beallslist.weebly.com/upl oads/3/0/9/5/30958339/criteria- 2015.pdf • Potential, possible or probable predatory publishers/journals A challenge • #predatorypublisher • https://beallslist.weebl y.com/ • A different lens Blacklists BEALL’S LEGACY
  • 4. Subjectivity • Individual view • “No single person or source is equipped to bear the responsibility of being the ultimate authority on what constitutes as a best (or poor) practice scholarly publishing outlet” Pleffer & Shrubb (2017) • Criteria not limited to OA journals • “development of additional criteria that focuses on subject content” Olivarez et al (2018) • Conferences Angle • Geographical slant • “intolerance is a reflection of inward thinking and a superiority complex” Raju, 2018 Completeness CRITIQUING THE CRITERIA
  • 5. EXTRA CRITERIA..? Librarians and publishers • Increased transparency • Increased affordability • Liaison with OA publishers • Payment on delivery • No paid-for fast-track publication option • Refunds for errors Authors and publishers • Clarity on peer review process/length • Clarity on costs • User-friendly systems • Get out option • Clarity on value- added/benefits
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  • 13. WHAT CAN LIBRARIANS DO? • Change the focus from journal to article • Review publishing training/support • Facilitate peer support • Advocate for OA small presses/new journals
  • 14. WHAT CAN OTHER SERVICES DO? • Review inclusion criteria regularly? (Ulrichs, RoMEO, DOAJ, OASPA) • Review application criteria regularly? (ISSN, Crossref)
  • 15. ACTIVITY • Discuss questions in groups • Feedback using Trello link https://trello.com/b/KdnYM2pQ/uksg-predatory- publishers