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

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Does the notion of 'predatory' publishing alarm, confuse or amuse you? This session will consider what makes a publisher predatory, who is affected by so-called predatory publishers and how the scholarly community is responding to the perceived threats such publishers pose.

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

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  6. 6. ‘BEALL’S’ LIST II https://beallslist. weebly.com/
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. WHAT CAN OTHER SERVICES DO? • Review inclusion criteria regularly? (Ulrichs, RoMEO, DOAJ, OASPA) • Review application criteria regularly? (ISSN, Crossref)
  11. 11. ACTIVITY • Discuss questions in groups • Feedback using Trello link https://trello.com/b/KdnYM2pQ/uksg-predatory- publishers
  12. 12. helen.j.dobson@manchester.ac.uk @h_j_dobson THANK YOU