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New Directions 2019 | Current Disruptors in Academic Research: Scientific Misconduct, Spam Journals, and Mega Journals

Over the past decade, peer-reviewed research has experienced a mushrooming crisis in the emergence of predatory journals. The reporting of false data, the manipulation of peer review, and the exploitation of authorship are all forms of gross scientific misconduct that many editors and publishers unfortunately face on a regular basis. Along with the surge of retractions that has touched even the most reputable publications, editors, and gatekeepers, the scientific community has sought meaningful remedies to track, record, blacklist, and carefully monitor the repeat offenders. Along the way, publishers of prominent mega journals have been caught in the crossfire, often viewed as perpetrators encouraging the publication of vast amounts of mediocre research. This lively and meaningful discussion of our expert panelists dissects the situation at hand and presents best practices and approaches to work together to uphold meaningful, influential, and impactful science that drives scientific fields forward.
SSP Annual Meeting Session Learning Level
Strategic
Session Start Time
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 3:45-4:30 PM
Session ID
New Directions 2019 | Current Disruptors in Academic Research: Scientific Misconduct, Spam Journals, and Mega Journals

Additional Information

New Directions 2019

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Our third annual New Directions seminar took place from October 2 to 3, 2019, at the 20F Conference Center in Washington DC. With a record number of in-person as well as virtual attendees, the theme Scholarly Publishing Models “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” proved to be popular across a range of participants. The entire seminar is now available for streaming, so share your favorite session with your colleagues, customers, and anyone interested in scholarly communication.

Ann Michael

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Chief Digital Officer, PLOS and Past President, SSP

Ann Michael is Chief Digital Officer at PLOS charged with development and execution of the data, technology, operational, and overall digital strategy. Prior to PLOS, Ann was CEO of Delta Think for more than a decade. There she gained broad exposure to society and commercial scholarly publishers, librarians and library consortia, funders, and researchers. She focused on strategy innovation in scholarly communications. Ann is an ardent believer in data informed decision-making and was instrumental in the 2017 launch of the Delta Think Open Access Data & Analytics Tool. She is a Past President of SSP, a member of the Learned Publishing Editorial Board, and a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen. She has a MS from SUNY Stony Brook in Policy Analysis and Public Management and an MS in Business Analytics from the NYU Stern School.

Elizabeth Lorbeer

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Chair, Department of Medical Library, Western Michigan School of Medicine

Melanie Dolechek

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Executive Director, SSP

Executive Director at Society For Scholarly Publishing

Sophie Reisz

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Editorial Director, Mary Ann Liebert Inc Publishers

Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Research Integrity

Tom Olijhoek

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Editor-in-Chief, DOAJ