Open access journals are scholarly publications, available across the internet. They are freely accessible, with no subscription costs. From 2012 to 2017, the number of open access journals increased from 4,034 to 9,405. 
While open access journals bring clear cost and accessibility advantages, it is important for authors to be able to accurately assess the quality and reputation of any potential publisher.
What are predatory publishers?
Predatory publishers are profiteering individuals or companies, who use the open access publishing model to take advantage of and exploit authors, by charging them article processing fees without providing the high quality editorial services associated with legitimate journals . The term “predatory publisher” was first coined by Jeffrey Beall, who tracked them on his Scholarly Open Access blog from 2012 until January 2017.
Speakers: Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver; Janet Galliera, Executive Director Business Development, PubsHub, an ICON plc company; Nicolle Watts,
Database Manager, PubsHub an ICON plc company
Cabells introduces two new important features: the Journal Blacklist, the only blacklist of deceptive and predatory academic journals, and Altmetric Reports, a measurement of journal media mention data. Join us to learn more about these and other key resources while getting familiar with the new Cabells brand identity and website interface.
Join Cabells Senior Project Manager Lucas Toutloff who will present the following:
•A demonstration of the Journal Whitelist — our curated, searchable database of over 11,000 journals covering 18 disciplines — connecting researchers, librarians, and administrators to verified, reputable publications. Backed by our newly designed journal summaries presenting our suite of journal quality metrics, now including Altmetric Reports.
•A demonstration of our newly released Journal Blacklist, the industry's only data-driven listing of likely deceptive or fraudulent academic journals. Built on objectivity and transparency, specialists analyze journals against over 60 behavioral indicators to keep the community abreast of the growing threats and to keep researchers protected from exploitative operations.
•An introduction to the new Cabells brand identity, website interface and features, and redesigned journal entries.
Open access publishing has grown dramatically in the last five years. However, as with many paradigm shifts, there are growing pains associated, including predatory journal practices and lack of clarity around terms and options.
In this live webinar, three presenters will guide librarians through the OA publishing landscape, discussing key issues librarians should raise with their researchers. Librarians will be able to help their researchers take advantage of OA publishing for discovery and dissemination of their own research, while concurrently ensuring that scholars make informed choices.
• Ethical and non-ethical OA publishing approaches
• Tools to assess OA journal quality
• Data sources for OA and the role of institutional repositories
• Open does not mean indexed - visibility and quality considerations