Upcoming Workshops:

Predatory Journals: What can legitimate journals do?

Date: September 9th, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Swissotel Chicago, 323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 , United States

Cost: 35USD

Please register here.

Workshop Summary: Can you trust what you read? Can you trust where you read it? We are proud to announce a session that focuses on the new phenomenon of potentially illegitimate and predatory publications. Such entities offer dubiously quick and cheap routes to "publication" with scarcely believable claims regarding their peer review. Concerns have been raised about the validity of research published in such journals to accompany a fear that these titles are little more than scams. Conversely, there is also a fear that perfectly good research has been published by these so-called journals. Of great concern is that it is impossible to discern how peer review was applied to the papers they publish, if it was applied at all. This session presents evidence-based criteria for detecting such publications. However, such criteria can also inform legitimate journals on how to become more transparent in their own practices. Therefore, the purpose of this session is two-fold: to better identify predatory publications and to encourage legitimate journals to be more open in how they evaluate manuscripts (and thus to better distinguish themselves from predatory journals). Furthermore the session will appeal to editorial offices and publishers alike that are keen to learn more to educate their own authors and readers on predatory publications.

In recent years questions have been raised regarding the validity and reproducibility of published research as well as the effectiveness of the peer review processes deployed to evaluate such literature before it is published. Now, concern is not just restricted to content, but has expanded to include the very legitimacy of many journals in which these papers appear. Problematically, transparency is lacking and little is known about how peer review is conducted at both legitimate and so-called predatory journals. Our session calls for universally higher standards and demands delivery of such standards is done through fully transparent, and legitimate, processes.
Peer review and publication is predicated on trust. Journals must work harder than ever to ensure the scientific and methodological legitimacy of what they publish and to better separate themselves from the expanding morass of illegitimate publications. We believe the sessions will be of interest to Editors and editorial office staff, publishers and, of course, researchers.

Workshop program:

Timing Topic Proposed speaker
13:30-13:50 Publishing models (and where do so-called predatory journals fit in) Jason Roberts
13:50-14:20 Distinguishing legitimate & illegitimate journals - why is that relevant to you and your readers Larissa Shamseer
14:20-14:50 Educating authors and readers on the problems so-called predatory journals cause Kelly Cobey
14:50- 15:00 BREAK
15:00-16:00 Workshop: Detecting & ensuring journal quality
  • Markers of quality journals
  • What you need to do to clean up your journal
  • Examples of what not to do.
Larissa and Kelly (facilitators)
16:00- Panel discussion: how can predatory journals be stopped and/or the damage they cause curbed, who are the relevant stakeholders and what can each stakeholder do, who has responsibility for remedying the situation. What are some of the solutions? David Moher (facilitator)


EQUATOR Canada Publications School

Date: October 5-6, 2017

Time: Full days (details to follow)

Location: Toronto (details to follow)

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