22nd Open Science Meet-up: Journal policies & practices: The good, the bad and the in-between

https://meet.gwdg.de/b/jul-hnd-nk7 (Online)



Astrid Orth (SUB Göttingen), Birgit Schmidt (SUB Göttingen), Daniel Beucke (SUB Göttingen), Julika Mimkes (SUB Göttingen)

Scholarly publishing is haunted by some persistent issues, including journals and publishers preying on researchers with fast track but poor quality publication services - which have been called out as predatory, fake or questionable practices.

Almost anyone who has published in scholarly journals is regularly chased by journals and publishers for the submission of papers or to conduct a peer review - some of these may match your profile and look professional, while many others are just spamming your inbox.

In such a such a landscape it can be a challenge to choose a trustworthy and high-quality publication outlet for your work.

In this session, we will explore definitions and criteria which aim to provide guidance and orientation for separating the grain from the chaff, from the perspective of authors, editors and other stakeholders.

Join us for a discussion on the good, the bad and the in-between of journal quality, and bring your examples, including cases where you may be in doubt.

    • 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
      Welcome & Round of introductions 30m
    • 1:30 PM 2:45 PM
      Short presentations 1h 15m

      Short takes on roles & responsibilities from the author, editor, funder, institutional perspective

      • The journal editor perspective - Sven Bradler, U Göttingen
      • Responsible publishing based on responsible conduct of research - Katharina Beier, U Göttingen
      • Challenges from the author perspective - NN (1-2 speakers) e.g. selection of journals, experiences from the review process, spamming of authors/reviewers
      • How libraries can support - Stefan Schmeja, Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover
      • Journal databases and quality criteria (e.g. DOAJ, OASPA) - Joanna Ball, DOAJ
      • Report on the termination of an OA publisher agreement - Börje Dahrén, U Uppsala
    • 2:45 PM 3:00 PM
      Coffee & tea break 15m
    • 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
      Hands-on exercise & discussion 30m
      • A brief intro to Think-Check-Submit, COPE principles of transparency, and other checklists
      • Review of examples
        • Bring examples from your own e-mails, twitter, etc.
        • e.g. Omics, Scientific Research Publishing, Cureus
        • e.g. in-between/borderline cases: MDPI, Frontiers
    • 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
      Reports & what’s next 30m