Predatory Journal Tactics and Scholarly Communication Pain Points

Sponsored by Cabells

Recorded on 05/13/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 381

In the second episode of this four-part series, our guests from scholarly analytics service Cabells dig into predatory journal tactics and the characteristics of the journal market that make it vulnerable to predatory practices. First, Ruth Bailey, Journal Auditor, and Ashley Carroll, Project Manager, explain how the online journal environment, prevalence of open access publication charges, and lack of central authority against problematic publishing allow predatory journals to proliferate. Next, Ashley and Yasmeen Zubair, Journals Manager, walk through the subject areas at risk (hint—it’s all of them!) and the strategies predatory journals use to appear as legitimate and enticing as possible to researchers. Finally, our guests reflect on the pain points of the scholarly communication workflow that predatory journals exploit, such as removing barriers to publication and offering quick turnaround and publication times.

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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