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Homepage / 19 October: Webinar on predatory publishing – what is it and how can you avoid it?

19 October: Webinar on predatory publishing – what is it and how can you avoid it?


With pressure on researchers to publish papers to further their career, combined with the shift to make research outputs open access, predatory publishing has become widespread with many scholars submitting their work to these publications (Abalkina, 2021; Grudniewicz et al., 2019).

Despite being a topic of discussion for many years, it was only in 2019 that leading scholars and publishers from ten countries agreed on a definition (Grudniewicz et al., 2019)

“Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practice”

If you have ever been approached to submit an article to a journal you are unfamiliar with, been invited to submit your thesis to a publisher you have not heard of, or you simply want to learn more about the topic, then please come and join us. We will discuss methods that can be employed to identify and avoid predatory publishers.

The webinar is taking place online through MS Teams on Wednesday 19 October, 1-2pm,  and can be booked through DATES.


Abalkina, A. (2021, February 4). Guest post — Unethical practices in research and publishing: Evidence from Russia [Blog]. The Scholarly Kitchen.
Grudniewicz, A., Moher, D., Kobey, K.D. et al. (2019, December 11). Predatory journals: no definition, no defence. Nature.


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Written By: Mandy Smith

Mandy has worked for Cranfield Library Service since 2004 and is a Research Information Specialist supporting researchers and research students at Cranfield Defence and Security and the School of Management. She teaches a range of study skills as well as helping researchers use the resources they need to find information. She provides advice on REF and funder compliance, open access publishing and other research-related topics.

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