Defining Predatory Journals and What’s at Stake

Sponsored by Cabells

Recorded on 05/06/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 379

More than an inconvenience or nuisance, predatory publishing practices can inflict lasting harm onto scholarship, researchers, and the academic publishing landscape. To discuss this incessant and, as one guest frames it, “whack-a-mole” issue, the speakers for this four-part series provide their expertise as part of scholarly analytics service Cabells. Evaluating potentially predatory journals through its rigorous standards and criteria, Cabells publishes Predatory Reports to track the ever-growing list of problematic journals. This series explores the tactics of such journals and preventative measures academics can take to help identify and avoid predatory publishers.

In the first episode of this series, Ashley Carroll, Project Manager, Yasmeen Zubair, Journals Manager, Ruth Bailey, Journal Auditor, and Mike Bisaccio, Director of Marketing & Communications, define predatory publishing, underscoring a journal’s display of fraudulent or deceptive behaviors to appear legitimate with the clear intent of collecting fees from researchers. Further, Mike shares the overwhelming number of predatory journals identified by Cabells, while Ruth walks through the various stakeholders vulnerable to these journals and what’s at stake for the scholarly community.

About the guests:

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Ashley Carroll
Project Manager

Ashley is the Project Manager at Cabells. She primarily works with Cabells’ Journals and Marketing teams to promote community engagement and brand recognition. Her background is working in academic and public libraries in a variety of roles, including academic librarianship. She holds a Masters in Information and Library Science from Rutgers University.

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Yasmeen Zubair
Journals Manager

Yasmeen is the Journals Manager at Cabells. Her role involves overseeing operations of the journal auditing team, developing updates to procedures, and guiding content decisions for the Cabells databases. She lives in Southeast Texas.

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Ruth Bailey
Journal Auditor

Ruth is a Journal Auditor at Cabells. She’s responsible for assessing potentially predatory journals for inclusion in the Predatory Reports database. She also updates titles currently listed in Journalytics and assesses new titles for inclusion. Her background is in academic and legal and regulatory publishing and she’s held roles across Editorial and Content Management.

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Mike Bisaccio
Director of Marketing & Communications

Mike Bisaccio is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Cabells, where he is fortunate to work on a diverse mix of projects with researchers and librarians from all areas of academia. He primarily focuses on promoting ethical and sustainable research, fostering academic integrity, and ensuring customer success. Mike has held a variety of editorial, marketing, and communications roles over his more than 20 years in legal, professional, and academic publishing, spending time with LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters, respectively, prior to joining Cabells.

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