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Be Aware of Predatory Publishing!
Use this checklist and resources Do your homework prior to selecting an open access journal by using this handout, which was prepared by UT Southwestern librarians.
Cabells Predatory Reports This link opens in a new window
Highlights the deceptive practices that undermine quality research. It evaluates more than 60 journal indicators.
From The Centre for Journalology at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Their team is actively studying predatory journals.
Ethics in OA Publishing
With the advent of open access publishing, printing barriers are removed, and the assembly and dissemination of information requires little more than Internet access. Unfortunately, this has led to a proliferation of open access publishers with little or no subject expertise and of questionable repute. Scholars and researchers may receive email solicitations for fee-based paper submissions to journals that make false or misleading claims about the stringency of their peer-review process, members of their editorial board, or indexing status.
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
COPE "is committed to educate and support editors, publishers and those involved in publication ethics with the aim of moving the culture of publishing towards one where ethical practices become a normal part of the publishing culture."
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
OASPA "works to support the transition to a world in which open access becomes the predominant model of publication for scholarly outputs ... Their members undergo a strict initial review procedure and must then continue to exemplify high standards to remain a part of OASPA."
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