Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences#

Online webinar
19 November 2021, 10:00-12:00 CET

In June 2021, EASAC presented the IAP study on Predatory Academic Practices. Those practices – which pose a risk to the integrity of research – are increasing and becoming more sophisticated. They include:
  • pay-to-publish models without peer review, fake editorial boards listing respected scientists, fraudulent impact factors, journal names deceptively similar to those of legitimate journals, and spam invitations to sham conferences with high registration fees.

The key messages of the IAP study will be presented in a webinar on 19 November, 10:00–12:00 CET: “Predatory Academic Practices: Regional Perspectives and Learning”. As the title indicates, this webinar will focus on the particular European perspective of this global phenomenon. The findings of the study may be of particular importance to younger researchers. However, the Academies as guardians of the integrity of science have an important role to play on this issue. Therefore, also senior scientists who are not engaged in active research anymore are strongly encouraged to join. Furthermore, those in other related sectors – such as research funders and publishers, and libraries and indexing services – are very welcome to participate.

You are encouraged to register for the webinar!#

(Please note that the registration page gives your different options of dates, as the EASAC co-hosted webinar is one of a series of events. The others will focus on the African, Asian, American and global perspectives. They are open for participation, too, but make sure you select 19 Nov for attendance of the EASAC co-hosted webinar.)

Registration numbers are not limited and there is presently no deadline for registration. Please note that registration is free, but required for attendance.


Webinar Objectives:

1. To raise awareness of predatory journals and conferences in the region
2. To help researchers practice due diligence to minimise their (and their students’) risk
3. To discuss the threat of predatory practices and why addressing them is so important
4. To preview some of the recommendations of the IAP study on predatory academic practices

10:00-10:10 Welcome and introduction – Professor Christina Moberg, EASAC President
Demographic slide from registration forms: who is participating?
Short pre-webinar poll to assist webinar evaluation

10:10-10:30 Introducing predatory journals and conferences: key messages of the IAP study - IAP Working Group members Prof. Diane Negra and Prof. Stefan Eriksson

10:30-11:50 Panel discussion: predatory academic practices in the European research community

  • Professor Stefan Eriksson, IAP Working Group member (Sweden)
  • Professor Diane Negra, IAP Working Group member (Ireland)
  • Professor Wim van Saarloos, Incoming EASAC President (Netherlands)
  • Professor Donald Dingwell, EASAC Council Member (Academia Europaea)
  • Professor Mats Gyllenberg, EASAC Council Member (Finland)
  • GYA Panelist (to be confirmed shortly)

Moderated by Tracey Elliott (IAP Project Director) and Christiane Diehl (EASAC Executive Director)

Interactive questions and answers with online registrants.

11:50-12:00 Closing remarks – Tracey Elliott and Christiane Diehl
  • Forthcoming IAP report and IAP small grants programme
  • A call to action: countering predatory academic practices in Europe and globally

Short post-webinar survey to assist webinar evaluation.

Download the programme(info).



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