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Cracking Down On OER Publishers

by Carl Straumsheim

Inside Higher Ed

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Feds Target 'Predatory' Publishers

OMICS’ business practices have been scrutinized for years. The company, based in Hyderabad, India, publishers more than 700 open-access journals, and has created a number of imprints — including iMedPub, also named in the complaint — to expand its presence in the scholarly publishing market.

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Use Thorough Due Diligence When Evaluating OER Opportunities

The opportunities available for scholars to publish their work through open educational resources (OER) have been enticing. Many educators have taken advantage of these opportunities. But, some are finding that not all open access outlets are created equal. The FTC is cracking down. What criteria should you user to ensure your contributions are being included in legitimate sources?

Publishers that charge a fee should raise a red flag. In addition, researchers should take steps to ensure that their material will go through a peer-review process; that isn’t always the case. Being published in less than legitimate outlets can harm, rather than help, scholars’ reputations. Similar caution should be used when selecting OER for textbooks in the classes you teach.