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ACRL ULS PDC: A Predatory Primer: What Every Librarian Should Know about Problem Publishers
Researchers and faculty are talking about predatory publishers within the academic literature. How scholars come to know about and interact with deceptive publishers has evolved and matured since they first garnered attention a little over a decade ago, and thus, how we as information professionals approach this topic must adapt and mature. The issue of “predatory journals” is deceptively simplistic, but its underlying complexities extend the conversation into a variety of topical concerns in librarianship. Such conversations include questions about the consequences of journal labeling and categorization, the use of pejorative or racially-charged terminology in such labeling, the new challenges for open access and start-up publishers, the relationships between journal reputation and diversity, the unidentified consequences of publishing in low-quality journals, and the overall academic publication system.

Join us for a primer on the basics and complexities of predatory publishing in order to more effectively discuss and assist researchers with questions of journal and publisher quality.

Nicole Webber
Assistant Professor/
Business & Communication Librarian
University of Northern Colorado

Stephanie Wiegand
Associate Professor/Online Learning Librarian University of Northern Colorado

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May 24, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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