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Scholarship @ Dal Libraries Series

Lunch time library series focused on research tools and resources

Avoiding Predatory Publishers

Have you ever been invited to publish in a journal or by a publisher you’ve never heard of, possibly one that is not even related to your field of research? Bad news: those flattering messages probably come from a publisher preying on your hard work.  Predatory publishers disguise themselves as legitimate academic journals and book publishers. However, they do not uphold a rigorous peer review process and high standards for scholarship - they just want to take your money.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Recognize common characteristics of predatory publishers
  • Appreciate the differences between predatory and legitimate publishing practices
  • Make informed decisions about where to submit their work

Melissa Rothfus is the Scholarly Communications librarian for Dalhousie Libraries. She has experience in issues related to research impact, bibliometrics, and scholarly identity. Beyond Scholarly Communications she also serves as the liaison librarian to the School of Nursing at Dalhousie. 

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

DalSpace: A place to preserve the intellectual output of the Dalhousie Community

Are you interested in providing a global audience of current and future scholars with access to your research and scholarship? This session will talk about how you can use Dalhousie's Institutional Repository (DalSpace) to support barrier-free access to your articles, policy documents, supplementary data, image collections and much more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the role of Institutional Repositories and why they are preferable to other options
  • Discover how DalSpace supports Open Access
  • Find out what  kinds of materials are encouraged in DalSpace and how to deposit

Geoff Brown is the Digital Scholarship and Government Information Librarian at Dalhousie Libraries. He manages DalSpace, oversees the libraries' journal hosting service and is working to support open textbook development both at Dalhousie University and in the Atlantic region.

Date: Friday, April 26 9, 2019

Managing Human Research Data

This session will give a brief overview of the complexities of managing human research data. The presenters will give an overview of some of the top resources available at Dalhousie University to help manage human research data. At the end of the session, participants should have an understanding of important allies at Dalhousie University who may be able to assist with developing and promoting good human research data practices, including the libraries, research ethics office and information technology departments.


Erin MacPherson is the Research Data Management Librarian based out of the MacRae Library at the Faculty of Agriculture in Truro. She is the subject liaison for agriculture and one of the contacts for research data management.

Angela Hersey is the Research Ethics Manager at Dalhousie University. In this role she advises researchers and works closely alongside Dal’s Social Sciences & Humanities, and Health Sciences research ethics boards throughout the ethics review process.

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019