MMMIGS Workshop on Predatory Publishing
The Minds, Media, Machines Integrated Graduate School (MMMIGS) is hosting a workshop about predatory publishing for doctoral candidates. The workshop consists of two sessions with a homework assignment in between. The first session takes place online on the 31st of January, 14:00-15:30, and will be held in English. The second session will be scheduled together with the participants once the registration period is over. Please find a detailed description of the workshop contents below.
Doctoral candidates are eligible to participate in the workshop if they are members of a doctoral program that is associated with MMMIGS or if their supervisor is a member of the high-profile area Minds, Media, Machines. Please check your eligibility before registering and provide the corresponding program or working group in the registration form. In case of doubt, please contact MMMIGS coordinator Lena Wollschläger.
The workshop is split into three parts. The first part will take place online, the second part is an individual homework assignment, and the third part can take place either online or in person. During the first part, general information about open access publishing and predatory journals and conferences is provided and put to use in a hands-on exercise where (small groups of) participants are given three different journals and have to decide whether they would consider them for publication. The second part consists of an individual homework assignment where participants compile lists of journals / conferences they consider to be relevant in their respective disciplines and use the tools they learned in the first part to evaluate those journals / conferences. The evaluated lists are then discussed in the third part, ideally together with the PhD supervisors. Depending on the number of participants and their disciplines, the third part could take place in smaller, discipline-specific groups, and either online or in person.
Part 1: open access and predatory publishing
- Introduction: welcome, rules, agenda, check-in (10 min, MMMIGS)
- Talk and Q&A: open access, predatory journals / conferences and how to recognize and avoid them (30 min + 15 min, SuUB)
- — 5 min break —
- Hands-on exercise: instructions, group work, discussion (20 min, SuUB)
- Instructions for the homework assignment, check-out (10 min, SuUB)
Part 2: homework assignment
Participants compile lists of journals / conferences they consider to be relevant in their respective disciplines and use the tools they learned in the first part to evaluate those journals / conferences.
Part 3: general discussion (with supervisors)
- Introduction (5 min, MMMIGS)
- Discussion about the lists that participants compiled as homework assignment, general expectations regarding publications during the PhD, relevance of publications for an academic career, … (45 – 55 min, moderation: MMMIGS)