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Predatory publishers event – 11/15, 10am-noon @ GC

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    You are invited to the second event in the Information Interventions @ CUNY series:

    To Catch a Predator: How to Recognize Predatory Journals and Conferences
    Friday, November 15, 2013, 10am – noon
    The Graduate Center, Rooms C203/C204 (Concourse Level)
    Refreshments will be served

    Evaluating journal quality is increasingly difficult: there are many new journals and publishers. Some are predatory, claiming peer review where there is none and being far more interested in profit than the dissemination of high-quality scholarly information. (Many others are simply low quality — not predatory but not a desirable publishing venue for most scholars.) Predatory publishers have always existed but, due in part to the growth of online publishing, they are becoming more visible, more aggressive, and more important to understand.

    Come learn about their spammy, scammy practices, as well as how to distinguish simply less-good publishers from truly predatory ones, why the existence of predatory publishers should not scare us away from open access publishing more generally, and how to respond when others conflate predatory and open access publishing.

    RSVP by Thursday, November 7 to Jill Cirasella ( or Maura Smale (

    Sponsored by the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable (, the CUNY Office of Library Services, and Just Publics @ 365 (

    There are more Information Interventions @ CUNY coming up: Stay tuned for Spring 2014 events about open educational resources and the controversy surrounding dissertations and open access!

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