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Predatory Publishers Often Target Conference Presenters

Friday, December 13, 2013   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Some publishers use conference programs, like the AFS Annual Meeting program, to generate distribution lists to solicit submissions for publication. Please do not assume that such messages represent an endorsement by AFS. It is important to do your own research into the publishers who contact you to make sure that they are reputable and ethical.

For a discussion of some of the issues you should consider, see Karen Coyle, "Predatory Publishers | Peer to Peer Review," Library Journal (April 4, 2013), at


Lee Haring says...
Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013
After the last AFS, I received a solicitation from Edwin Mellen Press, a publisher of old-fashioned scholarly monographs on subjects of, well, limited interest. I have sent them an abstract of a short book I wrote several years ago. So far, I don't commit myself to publish with them, because my material is of more general interest than the other things they publish. Once again, the basic problem is distribution: who gets to read what's written by folklorists? But I want to see where the exchange goes between me and them.
Moira L. Marsh says...
Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This is good advice, but be aware that there are many excellent, scholarly, peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals to publish in. Many are listed in Open Folklore here| A little common sense and a modicum of research will help authors to avoid the bad ones in the bunch. --Moira

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