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Predatory publishing: pitfalls for the unwary. 25 Oct 2013


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Presentation given at the Library Research Forum, La Trobe University, 25 October 2013. Discusses issues with predatory publishers and what to check. Discusses open access publishing in an institutional digital repository

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Predatory publishing: pitfalls for the unwary. 25 Oct 2013

  1. 1. Predatory publishing: pitfalls for the unwary! Simon Huggard Digital Infrastructure Manager Sharon Karasmanis Faculty Librarian and Team Leader (Health Sciences) Library Research Forum, 25 October 2013 CRICOS Provider 00115M
  2. 2. Predatory Publishers: • Gold Open Access Model has created opportunities for corrupt publishers to flourish • Open Access mandates have spawned more of these recently, with a huge increase in reports of questionable email requests • Only exist to extract author processing fees (often only charging when the manuscript accepted) • Take advantage of authors who want to publish in Open Access journals, note: new PhD graduates targeted! La Trobe University 2 2
  3. 3. Predatory publishers – some characteristics: • Look convincing by using similar names to well known publications (eg. IJCEE: International Journal of Civil & Environemental Engineering vs International Journal of Environmental Engineering ;SciMed Central vs Pubmed Central) • Websites littered with grammatical errors • No peer-review process or bogus reviewer details • Spam researchers, soliciting manuscripts but failing to mention required author fee. After the paper is published, authors are invoiced typically US$1,800 • List bogus contact details (tricky to spot!) La Trobe University 3 3
  4. 4. How can you check? • Look for publishers verifiable contact details, be cautious if only a web form is provided! • Does the editorial board list recognised experts with affiliations • Check that author fees are prominently displayed • Be wary of email invitations • Read previous papers and assess the quality • Check peer-review process is clearly described, try to confirm if the displayed impact factor is correct! La Trobe University 4 4
  5. 5. More on checking: • Check Beall’s list of Predatory Publishers • • Further reading: • LibGuide on Predatory Publishing in: • Butler, D. (2013). Investigating journals: the dark side of publishing, Nature, 495(7442), 433-435. (Describes the emergence of predatory publishing and provides an alternate view of the Beall’s list) • Bohannon, J. (2013). Who’s afraid of peer-review? Science, 342. (Spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little scrutiny by some predatory journals) La Trobe University 5 5
  6. 6. Consider Green Open Access! • Upload a submitted manuscript or postprint of your article to Research Online (LTU research repository) • Article will be available freely online • No article processing fees • Contact La Trobe University 6 6
  7. 7. One example: La Trobe University 7 7
  8. 8. La Trobe University 8 8
  9. 9. Predatory/bogus publishers La Trobe University 9 9
  10. 10. Where to Publish: Evaluating journals • What are the main issues? • Publishing in high impact scholarly journals • Selecting journals relevant to your discipline • Where are other experts in your discipline publishing? • Identifying a journal in consideration of ERA, FoR codes and impact factors • Ensuring your research is reaching relevant audiences La Trobe University 10 10
  11. 11. What quality factors should I look for? • Use a range of criteria and compare with other journals in the same category • Quantitative and qualitative assessments such as: • Journal impact factors • Indexing and abstracting services • Relevance to your discipline • Ranking within your discipline • Peer review process La Trobe University 11 11
  12. 12. A range of Library resources are available: (under Databases Tab) • Journal Citation Reports (JCR) • Eigenfactor calculation • Scopus Journal Analyzer (SJR) • SCImago (uses SJR data) • InCites • Further guidance available: • La Trobe University 12 12
  13. 13. • Contact your Faculty Librarian • • Research Education and Development (RED) • • Research Services • La Trobe University 13 13