Himmelfarb Headlines - May / June 2018

New Predatory Publishing Guide Now Available

New Predatory Publishing Guide Now AvailableAre you deciding which journal is the right choice for your research, but aren’t sure how to tell a legitimate, scholarly journal from a predatory journal? Have you received an email from an unknown journal asking you to be a reviewer or to submit a manuscript? Himmelfarb has a new Predatory Publishing Guide that will help you avoid falling victim to predatory publishers.

Predatory publishers use the open access publishing model for their own profit by collecting extravagant publishing fees from authors. Once these fees are collected, manuscript submissions are put through a “speedy peer review” process. In most cases, no peer review actually exists. Without a rigorous peer review, the resulting published articles are often of a much lower quality than that which is expected from scholarly publications.

On this new guide, you will find a wealth of information including basic information about what predatory publishing is and common tactics used by these deceptive publishers. A comprehensive list of red flags to watch for is provided. Some red flags to be on the lookout for include:

« Fake editors
« Misleading geographic information
« Outdated or unprofessional website
« Fake impact factors & metrics
« Speedy peer-review promises

Have you been asked to submit a manuscript for publication from an unfamiliar journal? View example emails from predatory publishers that demonstrate tactics used to lure authors into submitting manuscripts for publication. Have you been asked to serve on an editorial board for an unfamiliar or unknown journal? View an example email from a predatory publisher seeking new editors. Predatory publishers often include the names of respected experts in a field of study among the editors, board members, or reviewers for their journals without the knowledge or consent of these people.

Did you know that predatory behavior isn’t just limited to the publishing industry? Many predatory publishers have expanded their business models to make additional profits from fake conferences. Learn more on the predatory conferences page of this guide.

Links to numerous resources that can help you investigate potential predatory publishers, as well as articles on the topic are included in this guide. Are you more of a visual learner? Check out the videos page.


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