LINGUIST List 31.1956

Sun Jun 14 2020

FYI: Call for Book Chapters

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 14-Jun-2020
From: Pejman Habibie <>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters
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Predatory practices in scholarly publication 
Editors: Pejman Habibie & Ismaeil Fazel

This edited volume aims to address the crucial and consequential phenomenon of ‘predatory’ publishing from different perspectives, and examine its implications for academic lives and careers of scholarly writers.

In the past decade, the expansion and availability of the Open Access model and the global burgeoning drive to publish has spurred the mass proliferation of new venues and formats of scholarly publication whose quality and rigor are hard to evaluate, leading to growing concerns, confusions, and controversies in scholarly communities. Against this backdrop, the term 'predatory' publishing (Beall, 2010) has come to take on different meanings and is often subject to varying interpretations, prompting a variety of measures and responses from across scholarly communities; nonetheless, there is hitherto no clear-cut, agreed-upon, and operational definition nor a litmus test to accurately determine and deter ‘predatory’ practices and journals.

The overarching goal of this edited volume is to attempt to cast more light on this complex phenomenon and its various issues and aspects, which will have important implications for research, policy, and pedagogy of writing for scholarly publication.

By bringing together different perspectives from authors and researchers in Applied Linguistics and other related fields including bibliometrics and library and information studies, this volume aims to provide a deeper and refined understanding of various issues and aspects relevant to this phenomenon. The volume showcases both conceptual papers and empirical studies from multiple and interdisciplinary perspectives, with a range of methodologies and orientations, including but not limited to the following foci:

- critical analyses of indicators and criteria (including extant blacklists and whitelists) developed to determine predatory journals

- initiatives to render concrete the ways to accurately identify predatory journals

- bibliometrics studies (including cross-contextual research) exploring publication in potentially predatory open access journals

- exploring discourses often used by 'predatory' publishers, for example mass or spam emails and invitations sent by them

- individual first-hand experiences or interview-based studies or surveys examining individual / group experiences in publishing in journals presumed to be predatory

- supporting and guiding novice ad peripheral/marginalized scholars in making informed and sensible choices in scholarly publication

- institutional policies and circumstances that create the demand for unscrupulous publishers

- how open access can help to resolve/preclude the problems associated with its exploitation by predatory open access journals

- nuanced critical inquiries into the nature and practices of predatory publishing with practical implications for practice and pedagogy

The timeline is as follows:
Please submit an abstract of around 150 –200 words along with a 50-word bio by the end of July 2020.

Pejman Habibie:
Ismaeil Fazel:

Based on review of the received abstracts, authors will be invited to submit fairly polished full-length chapters (6000 words inclusive of references) for inclusion in the volume by the end of November 2021 at the latest.  

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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