A multidisciplinary study of faculty knowledge and attitudes toward predatory publishing

The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Librarianship and
Scholarly communication.


A multidisciplinary study of faculty knowledge and attitudes toward predatory publishing


Nicole Webber
University of Northern Colorado

Stephanie Wiegand
University of Northern Colorado


Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 10(1)

DO I: 10.31274/jlsc.13011


Introduction: Not enough is known about what professors understand about predatory journals, how they learn about them, and what they think about them, which has led to insufficient education and guidance on the phenomenon.

Method: A survey was sent to all publishing professors at a mid-sized doctoral-granting university, and it received 109 responses. The survey covered faculty professional history, department culture and environment, journal selection criteria, and knowledge and experience of predatory journals.

Results: Almost every teacher had at least heard of predatory editing and thought it was a problem. Professors indicated that most of the time they heard about it from colleagues and/or from the literature in their field. Still, professors expressed uncertainty about the impact that predatory journals have on their field and expressed reluctance to penalize their colleagues for publishing in them.

Discussion: Faculty’s understanding of fraudulent journals—and of predatory publishing in general—may be too basic for effective application in complex situations such as exploring new publishing opportunities and evaluating scholarships. This leads to inconsistencies between faculty values ​​and the lines of action they pursue.

Conclusion: It is important to draw a more complete picture of faculty relations with the publication of journals in order to adequately meet their needs. The results of this study explain how academic libraries could work with colleges and other on-campus entities to provide early and continuing professional development.

Source: 10.31274/jlsc.13011

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Filed Under: Academic Libraries, Libraries, News, Publishing

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@gmail.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.

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