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Nov 13 Seminar: Illegitimate Journals (Predatory Publishing) - A Risk to All Researchers

Join librarians from NOAA Central Library and Boulder Labs Library for an important talk on predatory publishing, what it is and how you can protect yourself and NOAA on November 13, 2019 at 11am at DSRC 2A305. Attend in person, or join from computer, tablet or smartphone.

Predatory publishers charge fees to publish your research, without delivering the professional review and editorial services promised. They use deceptive information (fake editorial boards, false statistics) to appear legitimate, while the real and only objective is profit. This is a risk to all researchers:

  • Your career and credibility if you publish in a predatory journal
  • NOAA’s scientific integrity if it is associated with a predatory journal through a published article
  • Inability to publish your research in a legitimate journal after it has been presented in a predatory journal
  • Research funds, paying publishing fees without receiving legitimate service
  • Research funds, if your research is stigmatized by being presented in a predatory journal
  • Improper and incorrect research being presented as peer-reviewed science

This threat is real to NOAA scientists as some have already fallen victim to predatory publishing. Predatory publishing is not limited to journals--predatory conferences are now on the rise.

Articles about the Dangers of Illegitimate Journals (Predatory Publishing)

Readers Beware! Predatory Journals Are Infiltrating Citation Databases

Because predatory journals were assumed not to be indexed in well-known academic search engines, it has also been assumed that their publications would rarely be cited by other scholars or applied in practice. Unfortunately, that is not the case:

  • Studies have shown that predatory journals have found their way into respected databases such as Web of Science, Scopus and PubMed
  • Researchers citing papers published in predatory journals may be relying on poor-quality, unethical or even fabricated findings
  • The presence of scientifically questionable papers increases the risk of citing and further spreading poor quality science, distorting the evidence base and influencing policy
  • Before citing a paper, authors should read the full publication and check that it comes from a reputable source.

Severin, A. and N. Low. 2019. Readers beware! Predatory journals are infiltrating citation databases. International Journal of Public Health 64:1123:1124. doi: 10.1007/s00038-019-01284-3.

Stop This Waste of People, Animals and Money

Common wisdom has assumed that the hazard of predatory publishing is restricted mainly to the developing world, but when Moher, et al. examined 2,000 biomedical articles from more than 200 journals thought likely to be predatory, they found that more than half of the corresponding authors were from high- and upper-middle-income countries.

  • Of the 17% of papers that named a funding source, the most frequently named funder was a US agency
  • The US produced more articles in the sample than all other countries except India
  • It is estimated that at least 18,000 funded biomedical-research studies are hidden in poorly indexed, scientifically questionable journals. Even if the research is sound, it is hard to find, and often too poorly reported to assess and build on the findings.

Moher, D., et al. 2017. Stop this waste of people, animals and money. Nature, 549:23-25. doi: 10.1038/549023a.

Questionable Papers in Citation Databases as an Issue for Literature Review

In spite of growing awareness of the problem of predatory journals, questionable papers are showing up in citation databases and literature reviews.

  • Academic search engines and fee-based databases are not immune to including papers from questionable journals in their indexes. Predatory and questionable journals have been found in Web of Science and Scopus
  • Relying on papers from questionable journals can lead to unreliable science
  • WoS and Scopus use defined criteria for selecting journals to index, but Google Scholar does not; a far greater number of papers from predatory and questionable journals appear in GS than in fee-based databases.

Dadkhah, M., et al. 2017. Questionable papers in citation databases as an issue for literature review. J. Cell Commun. Signal. 11:181-185. doi: 10.1007/s12079-016-0370-6

Quickly Request Interlibrary Loans from Google Scholar

Google Scholar Get Link for ILLA previous article discussed how Boulder Labs Library full text subscriptions are automatically shown in Google Scholar. Below, you can learn how to access articles and books to which the Library does not subscribe via Google Scholar.

When in Google Scholar and the Get@Boulder Labs Library link does not appear on the right side of the screen, look for a double-arrow underneath the search result. Click on that, and a Get@Boulder Labs Library link should become visible. Once you click on the link, you will be taken to a “Find Full Text” page. This results page displays options for the book or article delivery method (e.g. from another library through interlibrary loan or from the Boulder Labs Library) and format (e.g. electronic or print). Contact the Library if you need assistance.

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Google Scholar Get Link for BLL The Library subscribes to many specialized databases to assist with your research, but sometimes Google Scholar is the best tool for finding publications. Now the Library has made it easier to access subscribed, full text publications that you find through Google Scholar (for NOAA and NTIA staff).

When accessing Google Scholar on a desktop computer on campus, you will automatically be shown articles that the Library has subscription access to on the right-hand side (as in the picture - click on it for full-size rendering). Click on that Get@Boulder Labs Library link to go straight to the article.

If you are off-campus or on a wireless computer, read how to manually set library links. If you need assistance with this feature, please contact the Library.

New Ways to Access the Library’s Databases

Databases Tab SearchThe Library provides specialized databases that make it easier to find peer-reviewed literature, especially when compared to Google. Below are new features that find and access databases for your NOAA and NTIA research. Reach out to your Library liaison for assistance.

Feature 1: The Library's Search Box: The Library’s search box on the home page accesses articles, books, and conference proceedings within and outside the Library’s collection. The Databases tab allows you to search for a database by name or subject area.

Feature 2: The Databases A-Z Page: The updated Databases A-Z page allows you to browse through the Library’s database collection and includes subscribed databases as well as governmental and other open databases for your research.

Kopernio, the Friend in the Corner of Your Browser

There’s a Chrome browser extension that gives you one-click, legal access to publications, no matter where the publication is located. It’s called Kopernio, and you should try it today! Kopernio searches for journal articles and conference papers from publishers, Open Access repositories, and Google Scholar when you view the abstract page of an article. Kopernio also allows you to save publications to read later off-campus.

How does it work?

  1. Once you install Kopernio in your browser and it detects you are looking at the abstract page of a publication, an icon pops up in the lower-left corner.
  2. The icon will change to a green View PDF button when it finds a legal source. It will change to gray if it cannot find a source.
  3. Click the green button and the PDF will open in your Kopernio locker for you to download on your computer or leave in the locker to read later.
  4. A Single Click in Web of Science and You Have the PDF
    Web of Science

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    No Access in ScienceDirect but is Available via Open Access
    Science Direct

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    Why should you use it?

    1. This extension works with Web of Science and IEEEXplore, as well as all publishers that work with the Library.
    2. No more multiple clicks to get to an article, or hunting around a web page to find the PDF download link.
    3. Quicker access to articles that you can get directly, instead of requesting through interlibrary loan.
    4. Kopernio is new and will be adding new features in the coming years. As one of the early users, you have opportunities to shape these features. One feature in the works is one-click connection to interlibrary loan.

    Bonus: If a colleague uses you as a referral source, you get additional Kopernio locker storage space.

    The Boulder Labs Librarians can also help with your research needs.

    Kopernio vs. Unpaywall: Which Should You Use?

    Kopernio vs UnpaywallA recent article introduced you to Kopernio, a new browser extension that finds copies of articles for you, whether from the publisher through the Library’s subscriptions or from legal Open Access (OA) repositories.

    Now, view the comparisons between Kopernio and a similar browser extension, Unpaywall. You can view the comparisons in the table (that can also be clicked on for its full-size rendering). In short, if you want assistance finding OA copies of articles, Unpaywall is faster and simpler. However, if you want to find subscribed content and future features, Kopernio is the best tool. Contact the Library if you have any questions.

    New & Improved Meeting & Study Spaces & Reservations

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    Check out the new quiet meeting and study spaces in DSRC Room 2C407 and in Building 1, Room 1200. The locations are furnished with comfortable chairs and ottomans that allow you to spread out your work or put up your feet. You can also work on your laptop or mobile device with individual power outlets and tables in select seating areas. The seating areas are also great for small, quiet, informal meetings.

    Building 1, Room 1200 also has tables and seating for 30 individuals that is great for conferences, large-sized meetings, and collaboration (especially with four large whiteboards). Reserve this space now. Additionally, it can be reserved for SURF and SHIP students to both practice presentations and meet with mentors. For questions about reservations, contact Mike Robinson.

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    Lultboz Taz 6

    3D Printing Orientation & Safety Training

    The Boulder Labs Library 3D Printing Program offers the use of a Lulzbot Taz6, a limited amount of PLA filament, and a computer kiosk installed with Ultimaker Cura Lulzbot Edition on a first come, first used basis after attending a Boulder Labs Library 3D Printing Orientation & Safety Training. Contact Anna McDevitt at to RSVP for the next available session.