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Pathways to scholarship series

Outline or Agenda

Publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals remains a prime goal for academics because it is tied to promotion, tenure, and is important for your evaluation.  In this session you'll learn about the characteristics of predatory publishers and through a hands-on activity, you'll learn how to spot predatory journals.

Definition: "Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices." (Nature, 11 December 2019,

Learning Outcomes

At this workshop, you will understand what deceptive publishing is, and be able to identify signs of a deceptive publisher.

Pre-class videos, readings and exercises

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In class activities and instruction

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Post class assessment and course feedback

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