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Premo, Rita L.

Avoiding predatory publishers

Just as the second email ever sent was probably spam, the advent of open access publishing has brought individuals and businesses attempting to exploit scientists and researchers unfamiliar with their tactics. Becoming informed about these predatory publishers and how they operate is vital to avoiding their snare.

Predatory publishers and journals take advantage of the author-pay model of legitimate open access by charging large fees without providing any editorial or services and engaging in other nefarious behaviors, such as:

• Mimicking the name or web site style of more established journals.
• Accepting articles quickly with little or no peer review or quality control, including hoax and nonsensical papers (of course, more reputable journals sometimes have done the same).
• Notifying academics of article fees only after papers are accepted.
• Aggressively campaigning for academics to submit articles or serve on editorial boards.
• Listing academics as members of editorial boards without their permission or not allowing academics to resign from editorial boards.
• Appointing fake academics to editorial boards.

One strong source of information about predatory publishers is the Scholarly Open Access blog, written by Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at the Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver. Beall’s lists of questionable publishers and standalone journals should be a first stop for information if you receive a suspicious solicitation from an unfamiliar journal.

PubMed Beyond the Basics: Library Lunchtime Learning

The Dental Library staff hope you’ll join us on Thursday, March 13, at noon in the Copping Room (2309) as we discuss how to more effectively use PubMed through its more advanced search and citation management features, such as Clinical Queries, Medical Subject Headings, filters, citation matchers, and My NCBI.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP with an email to rpremo@lsuhsc.edu.

Dental Collections Back in Place

The Dental Library’s?áshelving repair project, which required that all print materials be removed from the shelves, has been completed more than 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Staff from Dental and Ische have worked diligently over the past 3 weeks to remove?áitems?ábefore repair work began and?áreturn them to their proper places (ie, ?ábooks in call number order and journals are alphabetical).

The books are back in town

Ahead of schedule, the books section of the Dental Library has been set to rights, with shelving repaired and the collection back in place. The project will continue in the journals section of the library. An estimated completion date for that portion of the project is unknown. In the meantime, if you need a journal article from our serials stacks, please let the library staff know and we will locate it for you.

Learn More About Scholarly Publishing in 2014

Do your New YearÔÇÖs resolutions for 2014 involve publishing research results, a unique patient case, or your opinion on the latest industry trends? DonÔÇÖt know the difference between peer review and editorial review? The Dental Library hopes to help you learn more about becoming an author on January 7, when Dental Reference Librarian Rita Premo will be presenting ÔÇ£Scholarly Publishing: The BasicsÔÇØ at noon in the Wirth Room (2203) in School of Dentistry Administration Building. Among the topics to be discussed are the structure of scientific articles and the role of each section, the importance of the abstract, the information and materials you may need for submission, how to begin once youÔÇÖre staring at a blank screen, and why you should always get your residentÔÇÖs forwarding address. Even if youÔÇÖre not interested in research publishing, join us and learn why writing skills arenÔÇÖt just for journalism majors.

New displays on tap for Dental Library

Those of you have visited the Dental Library in the past month may have been met with the sounds of hammers, drills, and paintbrushes coming from behind plastic sheeting. Now you can see what the cacophony was all about: a gorgeous set of lighted glass display cases.

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They remain empty, but soon we will be moving many of the items currently displayed in the wooden cases to the right of the library doors in their new home. That area, then, will house much of our rare and old books collection.

 

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