Announcing an Updated “Predatory Publishing” Library Guide

Amidst recent legal action taken against predatory publishers, the Scott Memorial Library has updated its Predatory Publishing Guide.

In the Spring of 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it won a $50 million court judgment against one of the largest predatory publishing companies currently operating. The award amount was cited as being equal to the profit the predatory publisher had netted from its victims between 2011 and 20171. Yet this one court victory will unfortunately not solve a problem which has become pervasive in academic publishing over recent years.

The author of a recent article (published in the Journal of Human Lactation in July), on avoiding predatory journals nevertheless advised authors to “not be dismayed,” noting that “predatory publishers and journals know their audience and understand how to manipulate them.” The author goes on to note that “recognizing predatory journals and the consequences of publishing in them is crucial for evidence-based practice, education, and personal growth…The importance of verifying legitimate journals… cannot be overemphasized.”2

With that in mind, the SML updated its Predatory Publishing Guide and plans to offer workshops soon to help authors learn how to recognize predatory publishers and make informed decisions about which journals they choose to publish their work in.

Authors who have questions about the legitimacy of individual journals can email Larissa Gordon, the library’s Scholarly Communications Librarian, for a personal consultation before submitting an article for to a journal for review.

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