ACRL University Libraries Section's Professional Development Committee Webinar Series
Researchers and faculty are talking about predatory publishers within the academic literature. How scholars come to know about and interact with deceptive publishers has evolved and matured since they first garnered attention a little over a decade ago, and thus, how we as information professionals approach this topic must adapt and mature. The issue of “predatory journals” is deceptively simplistic, but its underlying complexities extend the conversation into a variety of topical concerns in librarianship. Such conversations include questions about the consequences of journal labeling and categorization, the use of pejorative or racially-charged terminology in such labeling, the new challenges for open access and start-up publishers, the relationships between journal reputation and diversity, the unidentified consequences of publishing in low-quality journals, and the overall academic publication system.
scholarly publishing; scholarly communication; predatory publishing
Webber, Nicole R. and Wiegand, Stephanie, "A Predatory Primer: What Every Librarian Should Know About Problem Publishers" (2021). University Libraries Faculty Publications. 133.