Therapeutics Initiative: Should research in predatory journals be included in systematic reviews?

  • February 24 2021
  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
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About the topic: So-called “predatory” journals have become pervasive in scholarly publishing and their increasing presence has signaled alarm bells among the scientific and publishing communities. Predatory journals and their content are considered untrustworthy due to their failure (and sometimes false claims) to peer review. We ought to be concerned, however, that some journals once-labelled as “predatory” may not intentionally carry out nefarious or deceptive operations, and that potentially useful research may be contained in such journals. This talk considers the origins and definitions of the term “predatory” journal, as well as how systematic reviewers ought to approach predatory journals/research published in predatory journals.

About the speaker: Dr. Larissa Shamseer (MSc, PhD) is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Knowledge Translation Program of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. She is a methodologist specializing in both knowledge synthesis and publication science. Her research to date has focused on optimizing research transparency to reduce research waste. She has over 70 publications in these areas, including several first author publications in high-impact journals (e.g. Nature, BMJ). Dr. Shamseer led the development of the widely-used Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic review and Meta-Analysis Protocols (PRISMA-P 2015) guideline (cited over 9000 times, Scopus), and was on the steering committee updating the PRISMA Statement (2021). She also led early, extensive research characterizing “predatory” publishing during her PhD. Dr. Shamseer is currently undertaking research examining equity in academic publishing.

About the TI Methods Speaker Series: The TI Methods Speaker Series are offered free of charge and everyone is welcome. The event is held at noon on the last Wednesday of each month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while physical distancing measures are in effect, the TI Methods Speaker Series are offered via videoconference. The presentations are recorded and the video recordings are posted online. Click here to view the scheduled topics for 2021 and click here to view a list of TI Methods Speaker Series talks offered in 2020.

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