Vanity publishers: How to identify and avoid them

Shrestha, Jiban Vanity publishers: How to identify and avoid them., 2021 [Preprint]

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Vanity publishers publish theses/books without going through peer review and editing procedure. They don't care about the quality of the theses/books they publish. They leave the authors to do all of the formatting and spell-checking on their own. They contact master's, bachelor's, and doctorate program graduates and offer to publish their theses for free. These publishers offer publication of an author’s work in a book form for free. They use print-on-demand to distribute these/books at premium costs. Vanity publishers frequently target early-career scholars who are looking for opportunities to publish their work or may offer to publish their thesis. They advise the author to self-publish through a partner press instead. Vanity publishing does not only harm or degrade academic reputations but also waste time, money, resources, and efforts. These published publications rarely enhance an academic career due to a lack of quality control. These published theses/books do not have any scientific merit. These publications are worthless. Universities and research organizations should educate scholars and researchers, especially juniors, about the existence of vanity publishers. Vanity publications must be avoided while evaluating CV or biodata of researchers for job promotion and releasing the research grants. Authors should be careful that they should not send their thesis/books to any of these publishers.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: Vanity press, publication, quality
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > EB. Printing, electronic publishing, broadcasting.
Depositing user: Mr. Jiban Shrestha
Date deposited: 22 Dec 2021 19:25
Last modified: 22 Dec 2021 19:25

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