Keynote: Jeffrey Beall: Predatory Journals, Scientific Integrity, and Academic Librarians

Predatory Journals, Scientific Integrity, and Academic Librarians 

Predatory journals threaten scientific integrity, and academic librarians have the opportunity to play a central role in combating the fake science they publish and in protecting researchers from predatory publishers. Scholarly publishing is currently in a state of crisis as predatory publishers are becoming experts at appearing legitimate and victimizing many researchers. At the same time, some researchers use predatory journals to publish quickly and easily, cheating academic evaluation. Also, academic indexes are increasingly including predatory and marginal journals in their databases. This talk will show how academic librarians can help stop predatory open-access journals from further poisoning scholarly communication.