The Rise of the Predators: How to Identify and Avoid Predatory Journals and Conferences

Start date: 15/03/2023
End date: 15/03/2023
Location: Virtual

Register now for this FREE 1.5-hour workshop hosted by the Forum for Open Research in MENA (FORM) in collaboration with Knowledge E.

This 1.5-hour workshop will highlight the threat posed by the predators who have emerged as the transition of scholarly communications to more open practices, and give tips on how to identify and avoid them.

**Limited Spaces Available**

The shift to open access publishing has produced a profound change in scholarly communications ecosystems. Formerly, journal publishers made revenues from subscriptions so it was in their best interests to only publish the highest quality research. However, with the rise of open access publishing, business models changed; with open access content free to readers, publishers had to find alternative sources of revenue – the authors. This ‘pay to publish’ trend attracted a large number of fake, predatory publishers who charge inflated fees and provide low quality publishing services in low quality journals. A similar trend is also apparent in the conference sector, with predatory organisers demanding high fees for poor-quality or even completely fake events.

In this 1.5-hour workshop, Dr Emily Choynowski (Head of Research Development and Dissemination at Knowledge E), will discuss how to identify these predatory publishers and predatory conference organisers, and give some useful tips on how to avoid them.

What will you learn?
• Learn about how the open access movement gave rise to predatory practices, and how these predators can harm individual researchers and threaten the wider academic community
• Gain valuable insights into how predatory publishers operate, and how to identify fake journals
• Discover the different types of predatory conference practices, and learn how to identify a fake event

Who is it for?
The event is designed for researchers, librarians, research institutions, and all stakeholders of the scholarly communications system in the Arab World.

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