Open access predatory publishers: Avoiding the scam

Open access predatory publishers: Avoiding the scam

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Cunningham Memorial Library, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, first floor




(812) 237-2688


With the rise of open access publishing, academic and professional publishers have begun to charge author fees to finance the cost of publishing articles without having to charge traditional subscription fees. Because of this new financial model, some people posing as legitimate publishers have begun to take advantage of authors by requiring payment without providing adequate editorial services.

The result is that articles are often solicited and accepted for publication in seemingly legitimate journals without the customary peer review and editing of established scholarly practice. Many of these "predatory publishers" are extremely resourceful; and regularly trick experienced scholars into losing their money and burying their research. In this talk, Susan Frey will review the characteristics of predatory publishers, and outline strategies that authors can take to ensure that their research is only submitted to quality publications.