The following is an outline of the steps you will need to follow in order to complete the task.
Step 1: Do background research and collect information.
You will need to do some research and find out what other people have already written about scholarly publishing and predatory journals. The links below will serve as a good starting point, but you will also need to do some searching on your own to find more sources and other perspectives.
General Research and Background Info:
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Predatory Publishing but Were Afraid to Ask, by Monica Berger (PDF link)
- Wikipedia: Predatory open-access publishing
- Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals, by Gina Kolata: from The New York Times, October 30, 2017 (may be paywalled)
- Thirteen ways to spot a ‘predatory journal’ (and why we shouldn’t call them that), by Larissa Shamseer and David Moher: from Times Higher Education, March 27, 2017
- The George Washington University's Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library - Predatory Publishing
- Thomas Jefferson University's Scott Library - Predatory Publishing
- Indiana University School of Medicine - Research Guide: Predatory Journals
Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Associations:
- COPE: Committee on Publication Ethics
- Think, Check, Submit
- Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
- Directory of Open Access Journals
The Concurrence and Controversy of Beall's List:
- Wikipedia: Jeffrey Beall
- Beall's List of Predatory Journals and Publishers
- Stop Predatory Journals
- Beyond Beall’s List: Better understanding predatory publishers, by Monica Berger and Jill Cirasella: from College & Research Libraries News, 2015
- No More 'Beall's List', by Carl Straumsheim: from Inside Higher Ed, January 18, 2017
- Why Beall’s List Died — and What It Left Unresolved About Open Access, by Paul Basken: from the Chronicle of Higher Education, September 12, 2017 (may be paywalled)
Step 2: Synthesize and organize your information.
Sort through the information you found in Step 1. You likely found many different definitions and sets of criteria for what constitutes a predatory journal, and some of these definitions and criteria may even be conflicting or contradictory. Figure out what makes sense for you and develop your own set of criteria you can use to identify a predatory journal - you will make a presentation to share these criteria with others in Step 3.
Consider writing a thesis statement or an outline to give your presentation some focus and direction. What are the most important criteria? What are the least important? What is the most compelling way to present this information? Use the videos below, from Purdue OWL and the UNC Writing Lab for more guidance on how to create a thesis statement or an outline and how it might help you organize and make sense of what you found in your research.
Step 3: Create your presentation.
Use Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, or some other software to create a graphic visual presentation of your research. The links below give you some examples of free tools you can use:
Step 4: Discuss, debrief, and reflect.
Share your presentation with your colleagues and solicit feedback. Reflect on the experience and use what you've learned to choose three journals/publishers from the list below and decide whether they meet your definition of predatory or not. Explain and defend each of your choices.