Early career researchers and predatory journals during the Covid-19 pandemic: An international analysis

Nicholas, David and Rodriguez-Bravo, Blanca and Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Cherifa and Herman, Eti and Clark, David and Xu, Jie and Abrizah, Abdullah and Swigon, Marzena and Watkinson, Anthony and Sims, David and Jamali, Hamid R. and Tenopir, Carol and Allard, Suzie (2023) Early career researchers and predatory journals during the Covid-19 pandemic: An international analysis. Profesional de la Informacion, 32 (1). ISSN 1386-6710, DOI https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2023.ene.17.

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Around 170 early career researchers (ECRs) from 8 countries were interviewed about the whole range of their scholarly communication attitudes/behaviours during pandemic times and this paper analyses what they said about predatory journals in a wide range of scholarly communication contexts. Because of the delicacy of the topic there was just one question exclusively directed at predatory journals, which asked about policies rather than actions, which yielded nevertheless wide-ranging comments on the topic. ECRs also volunteered information on predatory journals in another half dozen questions, most notably including one on questionable research practices. The source of data was mainly the final interview of three undertaken, with some comparisons made to rounds one and two. Findings disclose the existence of a whole raft of formal and informal assessment policies/codes that direct ECRs to legitimate journals and away from predatory ones. Despite being junior, ECRs are very accultured to the criteria of what is considered as prestige and quality and believe predatory publishing is not even conceivable. They are far more concerned about low-quality research, preprints and borderline `grey' journals. The pandemic has increased the level of questionable practices and low-quality research, but predatory journals were only singled out by a relatively small number of ECRs.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Predatory journals; Questionable research practices; Low-quality research; Preprints; Policies against predatory journals; Publishing; Research; Scholarly communication; Early career researchers; ECR; Pandemic consequences; Covid-19; Harbingers project; Interviews; Country differences; China; France; Malaysia; Poland; Russia; Spain; UK; United Kingdom; USA; United States.
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Library and Information Sience
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2023 04:56
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2023 04:54
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/39070

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