Predatory Publishing Isn't The Problem, It's a Symptom of Information Inequality - Digital Science
nataliag's bookmarks 2018-08-02
"[...] If we’re going to move forward and have a reasonable discussion about predation, I think we need to do two things. Librarians in the West, stop linking to Beall’s list as a way of dealing with predatory publishers. It’s divisive and the information on there is actually fairly redundant. Your patrons already know how to pick journals to publish in, or their supervisors do. Everybody in the industry needs to start thinking about predatory publishing as part of the larger global problem of information inequality and acknowledge who is actually being victimized. By focusing our discussion on the predators themselves, we’re missing the bigger picture. If we’re going to fix this, we need to look at the conditions that have allowed these companies to thrive in particular markets and then look to try to solve or mitigate those larger issues."