Library Dialogue | dealing with questionable publishers

WUR Library and Wageningen Young Academy are hosting a round table discussion to tackle various issues associated with questionable publishing practices. Prof. Wouter Hendriks - Dean of Research is among the panellists. We invite you to join the conversation on 12 October!

Organised by Library, Wageningen Young Academy

Thu 12 October 2023 12:00 to 13:30

Venue Aurora, building number 127
Room B9242+B9248
Price Free

What is it about?

In recent years, reputable publishers of various journals have started to use questionable publishing practices more frequently. Rather than being malicious or "predatory," these journals or publishers fall into the grey area of questionable publishing practices. Characteristics include a poor or mediocre quality peer-review process and frequent invitations for editorships or guest editorships on topics that are only marginally your expertise. The grey area also includes journals whose growth is based on a huge increase in special issues and low rejection rates.

How do we deal with this within WUR? WUR Library, in collaboration with Wageningen Young Academy, is organising a round table discussion in which all facets will be addressed. The publisher MDPI will be used as a case study. How does this publisher's publishing process work? What considerations play a role in publishing in such journals? What are the possible consequences? Does WUR need clearer guidelines?

For whom?

The meeting is intended for WUR researchers in all career stages. So, if you are an early career researcher about to publish or an experienced researcher, then this is an interesting meeting for you!

We would like to invite you to share your experiences with publishers and the publishing choices you have made. We aim for an open discussion with space and respect for everyone's opinions. It will be a WUR-internal meeting without external participants so that we can exchange ideas freely.


The Library Dialogue will start with short, introductory presentations from WUR Library and Wageningen Young Academy. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion with panellists and the audience. Panellists include Prof. Wouter Hendriks - Dean of Research, Dr Lawrence Jones- Walters - programme director of Nature Inclusive Transitions, Dr Eveline Verhulst - Department of Plant Sciences | Wageningen Young Academy, and Dr Katja Teerds - Department of Animal Sciences. The talk will be led by Dr Yann de Mey - Department of Social Sciences | Business Economics More names will follow shortly.

When & where

The Library Dialogue will take place on 12 October from 12:00 to 13:30 hours in rooms B9242 + B9248 in Aurora.

Light refreshments will be provided. There is no need to register in advance. If you would like to follow the event online, please email and we will send you the link to live stream. This event is for WUR employees only.