“Predatory” Publishing: Addressing Bias and Avoiding Pitfalls

Oct. 20, 2020 from noon – 1:00pm PST

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An open access virtual workshop for instructors given by Librarians from University of California at San Diego (UC San Diego, Temple University, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of California at San Francisco.

“Mind the Gap,” CC BY (2.0) Elliott Brown from Birmingham, United Kingdom

“Predatory” publishing, especially in the health sciences, is an ongoing concern and it is essential for researchers to be able to recognize deceptive publishing practices. It is important, though, not to oversimplify what constitutes predatory practices. While using tools like “blocked” or “approved” lists helps researchers avoid predatory publishers, these lists can reinforce power dynamics that exclude marginalized, non-western viewpoints. Come to this session to learn how to balance publishing in high quality open access journals while staying aware of the biases in scholarly publishing. This event is geared towards researchers but is open to all.

Learning Objectives:

Following this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the characteristics of deceptive publishing practices in order to avoid their tactics.

2. Understand the inherent and hidden biases in the publication industry in order to challenge their own assumptions.

3. Differentiate the limitations of simplistic lists of deceptive journals and publishers.

4. Assess publishing venues using reliable criteria and resources while avoiding bias.

Related UC San Diego Library research guides:

Resources for choosing and evaluating journal publishing venues : Includes the library’s evaluation tool for making values-based decisions without bias..

Resources for evaluating book publishing venues

Related research and information:

Harrison W. Inefuku. “Globalization, Open Access, and the democratization of knowledge.” Educause Review (July 2016). [open access]

Harrison W. Inefuku and Charlotte Roh. “Agents of diversity and social justice: Librarians and scholarly communication.” In Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Policy and Infrastructure, edited by Kevin L. Smith and Katherine A. Dickson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). [open access]

Critical Race & Ethnic Studies 101 (Alamri): Privilege & Bias in Scholarly Publishing – a UC Merced Library course guide.

The Knowledge G.A.P. research and publications

Session recordings from the OA Scholarly Publishing 2020 Conference: Open Access in a time of Global Challenge

Scholarly Communication Institute 2019 projects and teams

[We’ll post slides and recordings in November 2020.]

Get your research into eScholarship and globally accessible – a UCSD workshop

May 23 at 12:30 – 2pm in BLB Classroom 3 brought to you by the Scholarly Communications Working Group’s eScholarship and UC Open Access Policies Team

Come get your questions answered and your scholarship and research into the Library’s section of eScholarship or your program’s section. Get your works visible and accessible so that we can walk the talk of open!

atlas negative image, SDASM Archives, no known copyright restrictions. Accessed on flickr https://flic.kr/p/VPhAUd

Image credit: atlas negative image, SDASM Archives, no known copyright restrictions. Accessed on flickr

  • Bulk upload?
  • Content or location questions?
  • Is there a bug or barrier bothering you?
  • Just want to get your works in or help your academic community raise the visibility and access to their work?

Alainna Wrigley, Publication Management System Coordinator, and Justin Gondor, the Senior Product Manager, Publishing for the California Digital Library (CDL) will be here to answer questions and help you get as many items as you want into eScholarship. This is a hand-on session that we will repeat in late October for Open Access Week.

RSVP and give us your questions on this form. UC San Diego locals only.

Workshop: Introduction to Using Metrics to Communicate Research Impact

@tmvogel will be teaching the workshop that is open to all UC San Diego researchers, faculty, students, and staff.

May 8, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the UC San Diego Library, Dunst Classroom.

Scholars and researchers are increasingly asked to explain the impact of their research, whether for promotion and tenure, or grant applications and reports, even for visa applications. This workshop will provide an overview of the tools available for gathering citation-based metrics (bibliometrics) and alternative metrics (altmetrics). We will cover their key features and caveats of, and share some examples of how this data can be incorporated into CVs, P&T files, and other places where you want to communicate your scholarly impact. While the focus is on journal articles, metrics for other sources will be briefly covered.

Metric CC-BY Christina Welsh https://flic.kr/p/9uasz8

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UCSD-only workshop invite: metrics and altmetrics to communicate impact

Using Bibliometrics and Altmetrics to Help Communicate Your Scholarly and Research Impact

Scholars and researchers, academic departments, and universities increasingly are asked to disclose the impact of their research to external funders, for promotion and tenure review, and to measure against their peers. While the practice of measuring research impact isn’t new, the availability of new tools and methods of communication has proliferated in recent years. In this workshop, you will learn about these available metrics tools, both “traditional” (like Web of Science) and “alternative” (like Altmetric), how to incorporate these into telling the story of your research impact, and learn some of the ways you can increase your visibility as a scholar. We’ll cover a variety of metrics methods and tools that allow for the communication of impact across the disciplines. When : Wednesday, February 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am (11:30 -12:00 hands-on) in Geisel Library Classroom 2

Questions? Interested in this workshop but the time doesn’t work for you, or you’d like to schedule something just for your research group or department? Please contact scholcomm [at] ucsd [dot] edu