Predatory publishing. The role of academic libraries in publication support and their contribution to quality assurance

Gernot Deinzer (University of Regensburg) and I recently published an article on Predatory Publishing and academic libraries. The so-called Predatory Publishers are publishing any content with applying any form Peer Review against payment of a (mostly small) fee. The results of this practice are often referred to as Fake Publications or Junk Publications – whereby the first term is erroneous, since the articles are actually published.

It provides an inventory and quantitative and qualitative analysis of the phenomenon of Predatory Publishing and discusses the roles of academic libraries as central actors in publication support and research support. It focuses particularly on the quality-assuring role of academic libraries for scientific discourse.

Abstract: Science is based on credibility. This in turn is ensured by the rules of good scientific practice and the publication of research results in scientific journals, applying strict quality criteria. But deception is also found in science. Publishers with dubious business models bypass the usual quality control mechanisms and publish articles in supposedly scientific journals, but without any quality checks. Models of these predatory publishers are presented in this article and their share of the publication market is examined. Furthermore, measures against such business models are proposed. This includes a look at transparent science and the role libraries could play in combating these practices.

Gernot Deinzer & Ulrich Herb (2020). Scheinverlage in der wissenschaftlichen Kommunikation. Verbreitung von Predatory Publishing und Lösungsansätze. Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie, 67(1), 25-37. DOI:10.3196/186429502067147
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Graduate sociologist, information scientist (PhD degree), working for the Saarland University and State Library (Germany), owner of the consulting agency scidecode, journalist.
ORCID: 0000-0002-3500-3119
Ulrich Herb
Predatory publishing. The role of academic libraries in publication support and their contribution to quality assurance

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