Protect Your Professional Life: Beware of Predatory Publishers and Conferences (223)

12:15 – 1:15 pm Friday, September 4

Can you spot a “fake” journal or conference? The publishers of predatory journals are motivated by self-interests which are primarily financial.1 They are characterized by: a) false or misleading information; b) deviation from best editorial and publication practices: c) a lack of transparency, and/or d) the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.”

2 Predatory conferences are exploitative meetings that provide a forum for low quality research and falsely advertise prominent academics. They use deceptive conference names to appear legitimate. They often combine multiple fields into one conference and charge high attendance fees. These types of conferences have been built on the business model of predatory publishers. To protect their professional reputation and scholarship, nurses need to become educated consumers to avoid predatory publishers and conferences. This includes guidance on how to identify predatory publishers and conference events that may recruit them by email, how to identify legitimate journals in which to publish their own scholarly work, and how to decide which professional conferences to submit their abstracts to. As avid consumers of health care evidence, all nurses need to be able to scrutinize the quality of journal publishers and the legitimacy of conference organizations. This presentation will use interactive games, discussions and case studies to raise pediatric hematology/oncology nurses’ awareness of predatory publishing and conference practices so that they can avoid the pitfalls of these nefarious practices.



Kristin Stegenga, PhD RN

Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RN FAAN

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