Open Access Week 2018 @ Sac State University Library

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Sacramento State University Library is celebrating Open Access Week 2018 with two events: a screening of the documentary film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship and a workshop on predatory publishing.

Paywall investigates why profit margins at the largest for-profit academic publishers is higher (35-40%) than those of companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google. Colleges and universities give these publishers free content (written by their tenure-seeking faculty), then charge the institutions’ libraries thousands of dollars to subscribe to a single journal. Publishers put this content behind paywalls, making it inaccessible to the vast majority of potential readers worldwide.Paywall will be screened at Sacramento State University Library on Tuesday, October 23, at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., in Library room 0136. A 30-minute discussion will follow. Seating is limited.

On Wednesday, October 24, Health Sciences Librarian Rachel Keiko Stark will present a workshop on predatory publishing for scholarly authors. Predatory publishers exploit scholars’ need to “publish or perish,” setting up fly-by-night journals,not following through with online dissemination, and charging publication fees without providing peer review and quality editorial or marketing services in return. Rachel will highlight examples of predatory journals, give tips on how to spot them, and lead participants in a hands-on exercise. This workshop will be held at Sacramento State University Library room 2022, Wednesday, October 24, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Seating is limited. For more information on Predatory Publishers, visit our Academic Publishing Guide for Faculty and Researchers

For both events, please send an RSVP by contacting David Gibbs at