Optimise Medical Publishing and Avoid “Predatory Journals”


9th May, 2017
Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Location: Webinar
Timezone: (GMT -5:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima

Join us to learn tips and tools to enhance your medical publication efforts and to help avoid so-called “predatory journals”. We’ll discuss the growth of open access publishing and the precautions you can take to avoid falling into costly and career damaging traps. Learn best practices and tools to:

  • Understand key attributes of true publication models so that you can differentiate between sanctioned and possible predatory journals/publishers.
  • Identify credible publishers and understand how they operate.
  • Create a personal list of possible predatory publishers to avoid future entrapments

Overview

Open access journals are scholarly publications, available across the internet. They are freely accessible, with no subscription costs. From 2012 to 2017, the number of open access journals increased from 4,034 to 9,405. [1]

While open access journals bring clear cost and accessibility advantages, it is important for authors to be able to accurately assess the quality and reputation of any potential publisher.

What are predatory publishers?
Predatory publishers are profiteering individuals or companies, who use the open access publishing model to take advantage of and exploit authors, by charging them article processing fees without providing the high quality editorial services associated with legitimate journals [2]. The term “predatory publisher” was first coined by Jeffrey Beall, who tracked them on his Scholarly Open Access blog from 2012 until January 2017.

How prevalent are predatory journals?
The number of predatory journals appears to be growing with open access journals having cropped up across the Internet. They appear to be legitimate, with websites similar to those of any typical scholarly publisher: editorial boards supported by well-respected scientists, claims of rigorous peer review and indexing in the most prominent databases. However, many young and inexperienced researchers all over the world have been deceived, losing both money and reputation. This problem is also increasing to disproportionally affect researchers in developing countries, particularly for scientists in areas with relatively low levels of publication literacy, training, and support.

[1] Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)". DOAJ. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
[2] Beall, J. (2016) Best practices for scholarly authors in the age of predatory journals. The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England 98(2), 77-79.

Presenters:

Jeffrey Beall

Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Jeffrey’s work includes informing the scholarly community regarding new and evolving aspects of scholarly communication, including open access publishing, author and publisher misconduct, and scholarly publishing ethics. His research and writing has been published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, College & Research Libraries, and Nature. He operated Scholarly Open Access, which highlighted lists of predatory journals/publishers, misleading metrics companies, and hijacked journals. He began his library career at Harvard University, and earned his MS Library Science from the University of North Carolina.            


Janet Galliera

Executive Director Business Development, PubsHub, an ICON plc company

Janet has 18 years of experience in medical communications. She currently manages the PubsHub technology suite of web-based solutions. PubsHub continually sets new standards with powerful scientific data management tools. She is an active member of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) and was chair of the IMSPP workshops from 2008 to 2012.


Nicolle Watts

Database Manager, PubsHub an ICON plc company             

Nicolle manages PubsHub Journals & Congresses, a web-based research tool that provides users with the most up-to-date and accurate submission information for 7000+ medical publications and conferences. Prior to joining PubsHub in 2013, Nicolle earned a BS in Library Science from the University of Kutztown with a focus in Informational Technology. 

Target Audience

  • Medical researchers
  • Medical publication professionals
  • Investigators
  • Research scientists
  • Key opinion leaders
  • University library professionals
  • Research organizations
  • Medical communication professionals
  • Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device professionals