With pressure on researchers to publish papers to further their career, 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”
However, it is not all doom and gloom as there are methods you can employ to identify a predatory publication. So, 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 join us for a brief guide to Predatory Publishing.
During the webinar we will discuss what is meant by the term ‘predatory publisher’, how you can identify a predatory publication and how to avoid being caught out by them!
The webinar is taking place on Thursday 18 February, 1-2pm.
Abalkina, A. (2021) ‘Guest post — Unethical practices in research and publishing: Evidence from Russia’, [Blog] The Scholarly Kitchen. 4 February. Available at: https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2021/02/04/guest-post-unethical-practices-in-research-and-publishing-evidence-from-russia/?informz=1 (Accessed: 5 February 2021)
Grudniewicz, A. et al. (2019) ‘Predatory journals: no definition, no defence’, Nature, 11 December. Available at: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03759-y (Accessed: 5 February 2021).