Optimise Your Medical Communications Initiatives and Avoid “Predatory Journals”

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  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 | 10am BST (UK) / 11am CEST (EU-Central) / 5am EDT (NA)
  • 60 min

Join us to learn tips and tools to enhance your medical publication efforts and avoid so-called “predatory journals”. Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, and ICON’s PubsHub team will discuss the growth of open access publishing and what precautions you can take to avoid falling into costly and career damaging traps. Learn best practices and tools to:

  • Understand key attributes of true publication models so that you can differentiate between sanctioned and possible predatory journals/publishers
  • Identify credible publishers and understand how they operate
  • Create a personal list of possible predatory publishers to avoid future entrapments


Open access journals are scholarly publications, available across the internet, with limited or no price barriers, such as subscriptions licensing fees, and few if any copyright and licensing restrictions. From 2012 to 2017, the number of open access journals increased from 4,034 to 9,405. [1]

While there are clear cost and accessibility advantages to using open access journals for scientific publications, it is important for authors to be able to accurately assess the quality and reputation of any potential publisher.

What are predatory publishers?

Predatory publishers are profiteering individuals or companies, who use the open access publishing model to take advantage of and exploit authors, by charging them article processing fees without providing the high quality editorial services associated with legitimate journals [2]. The term “predatory publisher” was first coined by Jeffrey Beall, who tracked them on his Scholarly Open Access blog from 2012 until January 2017.

How prevalent are predatory journals?

The number of predatory journals appears to be growing with open access journals having cropped up across the Internet. They appear to be legitimate, with websites similar to those of any typical scholarly publisher: editorial boards supported by well-respected scientists, claims of rigorous peer review and indexing in the most prominent databases. However, many young and inexperienced researchers all over the world have been deceived, losing both money and reputation. This problem is also increasing to disproportionally affect researchers in developing countries, particularly for scientists in areas with relatively low levels of publication literacy, training, and support.

Register today to learn how you can improve your medical publication efforts and protect yourself from predatory publishers.

1. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)”. DOAJ. Retrieved 15 March 2017

2. Beall, J. (2016) Best practices for scholarly authors in the age of predatory journals. The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England 98(2), 77-79.


Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Associate Professor, University of Colorado (Denver)

Jeffrey’s work includes informing the scholarly community regarding new and evolving aspects of scholarly communication, including open-access publishing, author and publisher misconduct, and scholarly publishing ethics. Jeffrey’s research and writing has been published in many scholarly publications, including The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, College & Research Libraries, and Nature. Jeffrey operated Scholarly Open Access, which highlighted lists of predatory journals/publishers, misleading metrics companies, and hijacked journals. He began his library career at Harvard University, and earned his MS Library Science from the University of North Carolina.

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Janet Galliera, Executive Director Business Development, PubsHub, an ICON plc company

Janet has worked in medical communications for 18 years. She currently manages the PubsHub technology suite of web-based solutions. PubsHub continually sets new standards with powerful scientific data management tools. She is an active member of ISMPP and was chair of the IMSPP workshops from 2008 to 2012.

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Nicolle Watts, Database Manager, PubsHub an ICON plc company

Nicolle manages PubsHub Journals & Congresses, a web-based research tool that provides users with the most up-to-date and accurate submission information for 7000+ medical publications and conferences. Prior to joining PubsHub in 2013, Nicolle earned a BS in Library Science from the University of Kutztown with a focus in Informational Technology.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Medical researchers
  • Medical publication professionals
  • Investigators
  • Key opinion leaders
  • University library professionals
  • Research organizations
  • Medical communication professionals
  • Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device professionals

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