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FHSLA 2020 Virtual Meeting

Stop Stressing About Predatory Journals: How to Find and Evaluate the Right Journal for Publication

Stop Stressing About Predatory Journals: How to Find and Evaluate the Right Journal for Publication
Facilitators: Terri Gotschall & Shalu Gillum


MLA Credits: 2
Course Description

The purpose of this course is to help librarians shift the focus away from avoiding predatory journals, and instead empower users to find and evaluate the best journals for publication. This interactive course will give librarians the skills to assist users in: determining users’ goals for publication, identifying the best journals for publication, guiding users through the peer review process, and handling manuscript rejection, all while avoiding predatory or deceptive publishers and/or journals. The course will also give librarians a basic understanding of open access publishing. Participants will have the chance to test their new skills by matching abstracts to appropriate journals for submission.

Course Objectives

Attendees will learn:

  • What questions to ask library users about finding and evaluating journals for publishing
  • How to help library users find the right journal for their manuscript
  • How to help library users how to evaluate journals
  • Basics of open access publishing
  • Basics of the peer review process
  • How to help patrons deal with manuscript rejection


Course Facilitators
Shalu Gillum's Photo
Shalu Gillum, MLS, AHIP

Head of Public Services for the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Gillum is responsible for managing library public services, including reference, instruction, and promotion. She provides support to faculty, students, and staff in the areas of research, literature searching, and copyright compliance.

Terri Gotschall's Photo
Terri Gotschall, MLIS, AHIP

Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. In her role, Ms. Gotschall ensures the knowledge created in the lab makes it out into the world by helping authors navigate the complex and rapidly changing publication environment. This includes finding and evaluating journals, protecting author’s intellectual property, and open access.

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