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Research IntegrityExamining publishing practices: moving beyond the idea of predatory open access (Papers: Kevin L. Smith | November 2017)

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Examining publishing practices: moving beyond the idea of predatory open access (Papers: Kevin L. Smith | November 2017)

Published/Released on November 08, 2017 | Posted by Admin on January 3, 2018 / , , , ,
 


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Abstract

Thank you to Julie Simpson for sharing a link to this paper on Twitter. Is our misuse/overuse of the term "predatory open access publishers" missing the mark and squeezing out a far more important discussion?

The word ‘predatory’ has become an obstacle to a serious discussion of publishing practices. Its use has been both overinclusive, encompassing practices that, while undesirable, are not malicious, and underinclusive, missing many exploitative practices outside the open access sphere. The article examines different business models for scholarly publishing and considers the potential for abuse with each model. After looking at the problems of both blacklists and so-called ‘whitelists’, the author suggests that the best path forward would be to create tools to capture the real experience of individual authors as they navigate the publishing process with different publishers.
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Smith, K.L., (2017). Examining publishing practices: moving beyond the idea of predatory open access. Insights. 30(3), pp.4–10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.388
Publisher (Open Access): https://insights.uksg.org/article/10.1629/uksg.388/

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