Practice Article

Addressing Faculty Publishing Concerns with Open Access Journal Quality Indicators

  • Sarah Beaubien (LIB Mary Idema Pew Library 1 Campus Dr. Allendale, MI 49401-9403)
  • Max Eckard (Metadata & Digital Curation Librarian, Grand Valley State University Libraries)


BACKGROUND The scholarly publishing paradigm is evolving to embrace innovative open access publication models. While this environment fosters the creation of high-quality, peer-reviewed open access publications, it also provides opportunities for journals or publishers to engage in unprofessional or unethical practices. LITERATURE REVIEW Faculty take into account a number of factors in deciding where to publish, including whether or not a journal engages in ethical publishing practices. Librarians and scholars have attempted to address this issue in a number of ways, such as generating lists of ethical/unethical publishers and general guides. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT In response to growing faculty concern in this area, the Grand Valley State University Libraries developed and evaluated a set of Open Access Journal Quality Indicators that support faculty in their effort to identify the characteristics of ethical and unethical open access publications. NEXT STEPS Liaison librarians have already begun using the Indicators as a catalyst in sparking conversation around open access publishing and scholarship. Going forward, the Libraries will continue to evaluate and gather feedback on the Indicators, taking into account emerging trends and practices.

How to Cite:

Beaubien, S. & Eckard, M., (2014) “Addressing Faculty Publishing Concerns with Open Access Journal Quality Indicators”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(2), eP1133. doi:

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Published on
10 Apr 2014
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