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The Knowledge, Attitudes, And Practices Of Faculty Towards Scholarly And Predatory Open Access Publishing


Context: Faculty have many options regarding publishing their scholarly research including traditionally published journals, open access (OA) journals, or predatory publications. Yet, little is known about their knowledge of scientific publishing nor their motivations for choosing a particular type of publication

Objective: The objective of this study was to ascertain faculty members’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding their choice in publication venues for research.

Design, Settings, and Participants: Interviews were conducted with 22 faculty members at an academic health sciences center in the southern United States. All faculty members were engaged in scholarly publishing and had a varying amount of experience.

Main Outcome Measures: A qualitative approach to this study allowed to researcher to interact with participants to gain a full understanding of their experiences with scientific publishing, the meaning they ascribed to these experiences, and the ways these experiences shaped their behavior when considering a venue for their future publications.

Results: The findings of this study centered around four themes: the complexity of the OA publishing model, faculty members’ choice of publication venue, their experiences with predatory publishers, and the impact of predatory OA publications. Conclusions: Based on the results of this study, it is determined that faculty’s knowledge about scholarly OA publishing is greatly lacking. Although they have experiences with predatory publishing, their knowledge and attitudes demonstrate a lack of understanding. Faculty of all level of experience need further training in the practice of scholarly publishing, choosing a publication venue, and ethical issues involving publication.


MLA/SCC 2022 New Orleans

May 3-6, 2022

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