Open Access Week: Campus Events on Tuesday and Thursday (POST 1)

Today is the first day of Open Access Week, promoting awareness about the importance of making scientific research accessible to everyone, not just the people and institutions which can afford to pay for that access.

On Tuesday, October 25, and Thursday, October 27, a representative from the Scott Memorial Library will host an information table where Jeffersonians can learn more about the results of a faculty survey about their knowledge and experience with predatory publishing. The dates and locations for the tables are below.

Predatory or deceptive publishers charge authors Article Processing Charges (APCs), as do legitimate open access journals. However, these predatory journals then fail to meet scholarly publishing standards, such as maintaining a rigorous peer review process. They abuse the open access author-pays model for their profit, taking advantage of the need for academics to provide open access to publicly funded research. These actions reflect poorly on the many high-quality open access journals.

Predatory publishing is not just a problem for individual authors but science as a whole. For example, climate deniers can publish their papers in some more problematic predatory journals (Readfearn, 2018).

However, it is not just unscrupulous individuals who seek to publish work in these predatory publications. Our survey shows that faculty are frequently targeted by unsolicited emails from journal publishers (74% responding at least once per week, n=58), many of which are likely predatory.

A sizable percentage of faculty surveyed admit to not having learned much about the journal publication process and how to evaluate journals during graduate school. This means that some faculty may be more vulnerable to invitations from predatory publishers.

A clear majority of faculty felt that these evaluation skills are important ones that should be taught to graduate students at Jefferson.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the survey demonstrated that many Jeffersonians are not familiar with the Library’s Open Access Fund. The Fund is designed to help faculty publish their research in quality, well-respected, open access journals so more people around the world can access their work.

Please stop by to learn more about this survey and the Jefferson Library’s Open Access Fund:

Tuesday, October 25, 11 am – 1 pm, in the JAH lobby

Thursday, October 27, 10 am – 12 pm, in the BLSB lobby

Learn more on our predatory publishing guide.


Readfearn, G. (2018, January 23). Murky world of “science” journals a new frontier for climate deniers. The Guardian.