ERIC Number: ED564071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Educational Research and Predatory Tabloid Journalism: Authors Beware
Marchant, Gregory J.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, Apr 16-20, 2015)
This paper outlines the nature of predatory open-access journals. These are journals that do not exist as vehicles to promote research or the efforts of scholarly organizations, but exist simply as a means for profit. As with many efforts in education and the social sciences, when financial incentive is the main driving force, quality and professional practice suffer. A narrative case study is presented to exemplify the practices of one journal. The paper is situated within the context of tabloid journalism as a fitting metaphor for the lack of credibility of the publisher and the questionable practices used to "sell" their product to unsuspecting authors. Research authors face a new challenge in the "publish or perish" world of academia publication. The nature of a potential journal, even with an impressive established title or noted editorial board, may exist to attract fees rather than serve the research community.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A