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Scholarly Communication

What is Scholarly Communication:

"Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs."

More on "Scholarly Communication in Crisis" (source: Association of College & Research Libraries)


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Predatory Publishers

What is a Predatory Publisher?  Publishers that exist mostly in the scholarly open-access environment who charge publication fees to authors without the providing editorial/peer-reviewer services that are common in legitimate scholarly journals.


  • Be wary of email invitations to submit to journals, conference, or become a member of an editorial board.
  • Beware of fast acceptance rates and turnaround times
  • No peer-review process or a “fake” process done in 24-48 hours
  • Fake ISSN number
  • Check that the publisher provides full, verifiable contact information (not just a web form)
  • Check that the journal’s editorial board lists recognized experts with full affiliations
  • Check that the journal prominently displays its policy for author fees or author processing fees (especially in the open-access environment).
  • If you're unsure, please contact your librarian.

UWSP Teaching Conference Presentation on Predatory Journals

Predatory Publishers Resources - Check List

  • An authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.

Journal Evaluation Worksheet

Predatory Publishing Video Clip

This video by Jeffrey Beall (University of Colorado Denver) gives an overview of predatory publishing.

Selected articles on Predatory Publishers

Jennifer Huffman (2017) Publisher Package and Open Access Journals: Are Any of Them Predatory?, The Serials Librarian, 73:3-4, 248-268, DOI: 10.1080/0361526X.2017.1389796

Clark, A. M. and Thompson, D. R. (2017), Five (bad) reasons to publish your research in predatory journals. J Adv Nurs, 73: 2499-2501. DOI:10.1111/jan.13090

Nerissa Nelson & Jennifer Huffman (2015) Predatory Journals in Library Databases: How Much Should We Worry?, The Serials Librarian, 69:2, 169-192, DOI: 10.1080/0361526X.2015.1080782


Open Access

What is Open Access? Open-access is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Open Access video clip

This short video by Nick Shockey (of SPARC),Jonathan Eisen (professor at UC Davis) and Jorge Cham (of PhD Comics) gives an overview of the history of scholarly publishing.