Scholarly Communications in Transition – Predatory and Other Phenomena in Academia | in-transition.at
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The Scholarly Communications in Transition blog originates from an Austrian project about predatory publishing that is embedded as part of a larger project titled Austrian Transition to Open Access (AT2OA2), which is now in its second term. Co-funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Research and by Austrian universities, AT2OA2 is a library-led project. Universities Austria (uniko), a non-profit association assisting the Austrian universities and fostering scholarship and research, requested that a project about predatory publishing be included in the AT2OA’s second term. While it might come as a surprise to some that librarians have been entrusted with a critical topic that impacts good scientific practices and research integrity at its core, Austrian libraries have long served as leading information and services providers, addressing the areas of predatory publishing and other predatory practices, beginning with the University of Graz Library in 2016, two years before an international media campaign not only brought predatory publishing to the public’s attention, but also to the attention of many universities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Librarians at the University of Graz were by then recognized experts and interviewed as part of the project. There is a long-standing tradition among librarians to form communities of practice and the collaborative development of good and best practices. To share the expertise and experience acquired at the University of Graz Library as well as all the materials, content of the webpage, videos, presentations, etc, with fellow Austrian colleagues and the wider library community has been an expression of this a highly valued and cherished tradition. Various libraries at other Austrian universities soon followed suit and began to establish their own services. In this regard, the project about predatory publishing draws from extensive experience and expertise, bringing librarians together with employees at other administrative departments together, such as in the area of research management. The group is now comprised of sixteen people that are both new to – as well as seasoned in – addressing these deceptive practices.