How to spot predatory publishers and avoid becoming their prey

How to spot predatory publishers and avoid becoming their prey

The Green Economy Research Centre seminar series started the term with a lunch session about predatory publishers. Dr. Flurina Wartmann, Lecturer in Geography and Environment, explained how to spot predatory publishers - those publishers who charge for publishing scientific articles without providing the services of organising a serious peer-review and editorial work we would expect those fees to cover. Consequently, predatory publishers allow poor-quality research to be published and seriously jeopardise scientific credibility. Most importantly, the session included strategies about how to avoid becoming prey - also when the predators are continuously evolving. The online session concluded with small-group discussions among PGR students and staff members. Raising awareness amongst both early career researchers as well as established academics was highlighted as a key step!