Early career researchers between predatory publishing and academic excellence: The views and behaviours of the millennials

Nicholas, David and Herman, Eti and Watkinson, Anthony and Xu, Jie and Abrizah, Abdullah and Rodriguez-Bravo, Blanca and Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Cherifa and Polezhaeva, Tatiana and Swigon, Marzena (2021) Early career researchers between predatory publishing and academic excellence: The views and behaviours of the millennials. Foresight And Sti Governance, 15 (1). pp. 56-65. ISSN 1995-459X, DOI https://doi.org/10.17323/2500-2597.2021.1.56.65.

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The paper draws on evidence of predatory publishing obtained from the four-year-long Harbingers research study of changing scholarly communication attitudes and behavior of early career researchers (ECRs). The project featured longitudinal interviews for its first three years with 116 ECRs researching science and social sciences who came from China, France, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, the UK, and US. The interview data provided the building blocks for a questionnaire survey in the fourth year, which obtained 1,600 responses from a global audience, which included arts and humanities ECRs and those from Russia. These studies investigated predatory publishing as part of general questioning about scholarly communications. The main findings from the interview study were: 1) ECRs generally do not publish in predatory journals; 2) they only allude to them lightly and mainly in the context of open access publishing; and 3) they no longer equate all open access publishing with predatory journals. The questionnaire found that, as in the case of the interviews, complaints that open access represents low quality publishing are diminishing, however, this positivity has been partly offset by increased concerns about the dangers of predatory journals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology > Dept of Library & Information Science Unit
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 03:02
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 03:02
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/34989

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