Predators, Prey, and Open Access: Evaluating Open Access Publications
Stephanie Ard, Social Sciences Librarian, Marx Library, University of South Alabama
Kathy Wheeler, Assistant University Librarian for Collections, Marx Library, University of South Alabama
With the increasing availability of open access journals has come the corresponding problem of predatory publishing. Unlike many legitimate open access journals, predatory journals accept papers with little or no oversight, regularly foregoing the rigorous peer review and editorial standards expected of academic journals. Fortunately, librarians have been developing tools that help authors make the distinction between the two. Join our speakers as they look at scholarly integrity, discussing how to recognize both the hallmarks of reliable publications and the traits common to unreliable (predatory) ones.