Originally as a means of giving science freely to communities by eliminating paywalls, some open access journals border on corporatized models with review processes of questionable rigor. Stoked by the pressure of "publish or perish," scholars may find themselves inundated with invitations to submit papers to journals with questionable reputation and veracity. Additionally, there is renewed conversation given the Biden Administration announcement in August 2022 that publishers of federally funded research must make those papers freely available by 2025, which may increase emphasis on open access publishing. This workshop briefly covers the history of open access publishing and its processes; identifying potentially predatory journals; and the resources and support available for open access publishing through the USC Libraries. This workshop will encourage learner discussion of these topics, including their own experience with potentially predatory journals.



John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Clarissa Moreno, MMLIS, Social & Behavioral Sciences Librarian, USC Libraries

Jennifer E. Dinalo, PhD, MLIS, Health Sciences Research and Data Librarian, USC Libraries


This workshop is organized by the USC Research and Innovation (R&I)’s Center for Excellence in Research and administered by the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) office. Contact usccer@usc.edu with any questions.

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