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Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Meeting Notes

Our speaker was Traci Tosh of the Schaffer Library at Albany Medical College. Traci spoke on the publishing service that her library is currently offering.

Schaffer Library started out with a publishing service due to a request from a department’s request for a session on where to publish.  This session was soon requested by other department’s which then led to a Publishing webpage on the Library’s public website.  This webpage is where teaching sessions on publishing are started.  It contains information on types of publishing models, how to find the right journal to publish in, and how to evaluate that journal.  There is a small section on predatory publishing which the library is looking at broadening.  Lately, the librarians have been getting questions on predatory publishing.  These questions have started discussions on how predatory journals have been infiltrating PubMed by way of PubMed Central (PMC).  Authors are either not evaluating the journals they are publishing in or are purposefully publishing in predatory journals.  There is a list of article citations on predatory publishing and predatory journals in the Resources section of the Scholarly Communication Interest Group.

The discussion branched out into what other institutions are doing in regarding to publishing.  University at Albany has an Institutional Repository (IR), as well as an Archives department.  Depending on the type of publication, it can either be deposited in the IR or the Archives.  Albany College of Pharmacy is starting an IR and a Knowledge Management platform on DSpace. Knowing what materials are “archival” and can be viewed by the general public versus material that is still used in day-to-day work processes and is perhaps more confidential has been challenging. Sage College doesn’t currently have a publishing service.

Topics for the next few meetings:

  • January 18th at 3pm, we will be discussing Institutional Repositories
  • March 15th at 3pm, we will be discussing Open Educational Resources

Additional Resources

  • Kolata, G. (2017). A scholarly sting operation shines a light on ‘Predatory’ journals.
  • Carey, K. (2016). A peek inside the strange world of fake academia.
  • Authorship for Sale: Some Journals Willing to Add Authors to Papers they Didn't Write. (2017).
  • Bohannon, J. (2016). U.S. charges journal publisher with misleading authors. Science, 354(6308), 23-24. doi:10.1126/science.354.6308.23
  • Harvey, H. B., & Weinstein, D. F. (2017). Predatory Publishing: An Emerging Threat to the Medical Literature. Academic Medicine, 92(2), 150-151. doi:10.1097/acm.0000000000001521
  • McCool, J. (2017). Opinion: Why I published in a Predatory Journal. The Scientist. April, 6.
  • Sorokowski, P., Kulczycki, E., Sorokowska, A., & Pisanski, K. (2017). Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature, 543(7646), 481-483. doi:10.1038/543481a
  • Vence, T. (2017). Identifying predatory publishers. The Scientist, 31(7-8), 1. Retrieved from
  • Basken, P. (2017). Why Beall’s list died — and what it left unresolved about open access. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Retrieved from


Jennifer Anderson, The Sage Colleges

Catherine Dwyer, University at Albany

Kathleen Gundrum, CDLC

Kim Mitchell, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Traci Tosh, Albany Medical College

Lindsay Van Berkom, University at Albany

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