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Predators, profits, and prestige: everyday ways we can all help fix a broken academic publishing system

Faculty Advisor




open access, information literacy, publishing, predatory publishers

Abstract (summary)

With access to publicly funded research locked behind paywalls, library budgets stretched, peer-review processes slowing down the reporting of results, and illegitimate, “predatory” publishers springing up to take advantage of scholars pressured to publish prolifically, it is easy to argue that the academic publishing system is broken. It does not, however, have to be this way. This session will provide an overview of straightforward, practical, and meaningful ways that faculty can contribute to and support an array of initiatives seeking to increase access to reputable research and scholarship, and ultimately benefit teaching and learning both within and beyond the university’s walls. It will also highlight library and research services and supports available to the MacEwan University community when it comes to such related tasks as choosing a publisher, selecting academic resources for course reading lists, and educating students about scholarly communications and socio-economic processes shaping access to knowledge.

Publication Information



Presented on August 31, 2016 at Faculty Development Day held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)