Friday, November 10 • 9:45am - 10:30am
All about Predatory Publishing: Need for Librarians & Publishers to Better Inform Authors

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The unintended consequences of new open access publishing models suggest that better education by librarians combined with the embrace of broader missions for non-profit publishers will benefit scholarship, authors and the information community. Large segments of scholarly publishing today have become increasingly predatory as the drive for profits has come at the financial expense of libraries and institutions, and the social cost of careless peer review practices among other conventions. Most authors lack a deep understanding of their publishing choices and the consequences of these choices. Librarians can educate authors about what constitutes a predatory publication and how they can become better aware of the loose threads that may define or lead to unintended consequences. Non-profit publishers, and university presses in particular, can broaden the scope of their missions to create viable publishing options for campus-based authors.

This session will discuss how librarians and university presses can work together to inform authors and prospective generations of scholars about how they can become more aware of what to expect in peer review; the use and misuses of metrics; the pitfalls of subscription journals that practice predatory pricing; and to generally become better educated about the landscape of publishing options. Experiences with and answers to the following questions will serve as the foundation of the session which is expected to be highly interactive. How can presses and libraries partner right away to provide the web of support authors need to make the best decisions? How do libraries carefully monitor journals for which they fund or contribute to local researchers’ APCs? Are there more ambitious opportunities for presses and libraries to offer new publishing alternatives that better reflect the values and missions of the universities they both support?

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Charles Watkinson

Director, University of Michigan Press, University of Michigan
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →

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Julia Gelfand

Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, University of California, Irvine
Julia Gelfand has participated in many Charleston conferences for nearly 20 years.  She continues to have interests in many aspects of the library, publisher, vendor triad that shapes collection development decisions and is watching the tides shift with new and emerging technologies... Read More →
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Lisa Macklin

Assoc Vice Provost & University Librarian, Emory University
Lisa A. Macklin joined Emory in 2005 and was appointed the Associate Vice Provost and University Librarian October 2022.  She previously served as the Interim Dean and University Librarian from November 2021.  She served as the Associate Dean of Research, Engagement, and Scholarly... Read More →
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John Sherer

Director, University of North Carolina Press, University of North Carolina
John Sherer was named the seventh director of the University of North Carolina Press in June of 2012. Prior to that, he was the publisher of Basic Books in New York and also held the positions of Publisher of Nation Books, member of the AAP Trade Executive Committee, and adjunct professor... Read More →
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Brigitte Weinsteiger

AUL, Collections & Scholarly Communications, University of Pennsylvania

Friday November 10, 2017 9:45am - 10:30am EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401