Presentation: Predatory Open Access Journals: Myths and Realities – Confessions of a Science Librarian

A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation as part of Open Access Week at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (ie. OCADU) on “predatory” open access journals. It seemed to be well-received at the time and since then I’ve gotten some positive feedback as well. So I thought I’d share the…

Source: Presentation: Predatory Open Access Journals: Myths and Realities – Confessions of a Science Librarian

I’ve been wondering if it would be feasible to generate a set of baseline criteria for scholarly communication.  I don’t think we could delve into the depths of judging research quality, but rather covering the most basic of elements of scholarly publishing – composition of editorial boards, solicitation procedures, peer-review processes, APC’s, etc.  And then, based on these criteria, evaluate all journals (not only Gold OA), and finally assess our collections based on the inclusion (or exclusion) of these journals.  While I know Beall’s list is one example, I would like the criteria to be more collaborative developed and the assessments to be more communal.

What are your thoughts?  Would anybody be willing to collaborate?  Has this already been done elsewhere (with the exception of Beall’s list)?  I do worry about such a project getting mired in the details…

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