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Thursday, November 5 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
The Changing Nature of OA Journals: Helping Scholars Identify the Good, the Bad, and the Political

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When the Open Access (OA) movement began at the beginning of the 21st century, librarians and select scholars saw it as a way to level the playing field by disseminating scholarly work freely, by easing the financial burden placed on rising subscription costs, and by offering alternatives to the traditional publishing model. Predatory and opportunistic OA publishers were quick to arrive one the scene, however, leaving faculty and researchers scrambling for a new and updated vetting process for selecting their publication targets. Jeffrey Beall’s blog and Beall’s List, along with other important publication directories, have become an important part of the effort to provide oversight and information to scholars about OA publishers. In this session, presenters will discuss OA controversies, reviewing sources, and the transformation of academic publishing efforts in the context of OA issues. Recent trends in librarianship demonstrate the need to educate authors on how to comprehensively research journals before submitting manuscripts to them, how to avoid predatory OA publishers, and where scholarly communication is going in terms of oversight and reputability of OA journals. Presenters will also demonstrate the impact of Mr. Beall’s list on both the publishing world and librarianship.


Susan Ariew

University Librarian, University of South Florida
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Matt Torrence

Associate Librarian, STEM Librarian, University of South Florida
I currently serve as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Librarian at the University of South Florida, Tampa Library. Along with the rest of the library professionals and subject specialists, I provide information expertise to students and faculty, with a special... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott