Recently there have been cases of students being contacted by GlobeEdit Publishing, a predatory publisher that wants to publish the students work, the initial contact could look something like this:
“I believe this particular topic could be of interest to a wider audience and we would be glad to consider publishing it.
Should the commercialisation of your work as printed book meet your interest, I will be glad to provide you with further details in an electronic brochure.”
Usualy predatory publishers are interested in you paying the publication cost to make profit off your research. In this case GlobeEdit is offering to publish your work for free, the problem is with the contract; you will loose all rights to your work and they will sell it to make money. GlobeEdit do not care about scientific quality or making your work reach a “wider audience”; they will rather work to limit the access behind a paywall. The student thesis are usually already published and available online through the university repositories.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is also reporting similar cases.
Always be wary of:
“– Mass emails asking for submissions”. And to quote SLU:
“That students and researchers are being contacted like this is unfortunately a more and more common phenomenon. Be observant and make sure you know who you are dealing with before you sign anything.”
A common thought among students (according to personal experience and some research done among friends) at the start of a new semester or course is: This time I will be diligent and in good time with all my reports and exams! The reason for this promise to yourself might be to get better grades, to learn more from the course or maybe just to be more efficient and be able to use some of your time on more fun things. Sometimes this promise lasts throughout the whole course/semester and sometimes it just falls apart after a day, or a week.
If the purpose of the promise you’ve made is to get better grades, then here’s a tip for you: Use the Library!
During the fall 2014 a research project called Library Impact Data Project (LIDP) was finished at the University of Huddersfield, in which they studied how library use affects the study results. The researchers studied data on student library use (use of e-resources, borrowing statistics and library gate entries) and data on the student attainment. There were a total of eight different universities in the UK that were included in the study. The conclusion was that there is a clear correlation between high library use and level of degree result. However, one can not say for certain that the relationship is causal.
So if you have set you mind to be diligent in order to get better grades, why not use the Library more? Even if the was no certain causal relationship between library use and student attainment, the use of library materials most likely won’t make things worse for you.
Welcome to the Library, and use all of our resources, both physical books and articles, e-material and our staff – the Librarians are more than happy to help you!
Text: Katharina Nordling