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Selecting Quality Journals for Academic Publishing: Workshop

This guide supported the Predatory Publishing workshop on the Lehman College Campus (February 26, 2016).

Description of the Selecting Quality Journals Workshop

Predatory Journals/Selecting High Quality Journals Workshop:  February 26th, 2016

Presentations addressed the topic of predatory journals and suggested ways in which faculty can identify authentic and quality academic publishing venues for submission of their own research.  Immediately following the presentation in the Media Technology Center, there was a hands-on workshop

Monica Berger, Associate Professor, Ursula Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology (and co-author of  “Beyond Beall’s List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers”), and Megan Wacha, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Office of Library Services, CUNY presented on February 26th.   The event was sponsored by the Provost’s Office of Academic Affairs with the assistance of the Lehman College Library.

Presenters' Bio's

Presenters’ Biographies:


Monica Berger, Associate Professor, has served as a faculty member in the Library Department at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), CUNY, since 1999. She received her M.S. in Library Service from Columbia University and her M.A. in Liberal Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Her article, “Beyond Beall’s List, Better Understanding Predatory Publishers” co-authored with Jill Cirasella (CUNY Graduate Center), continues to be one of the most widely read articles in College and Research Library News and was one of the top 10 articles of 2015 on the London School of Economics Social Sciences blog. The article can be found here:

In addition to presenting on predatory publishing and publication quality, she currently serves as chair of City Tech Library’s Scholarly Communications Committee where she provides and plans workshops for faculty as well as manages CUNY’s institutional repository, Academic Works.

Monica holds leadership positions with the Association of College and Research Libraries as well as the Association of College and Research Libraries of Greater Metropolitan New York. In addition to her work related to scholarly communications, she has published on popular music as well as information literacy.


Megan Wacha was the Scholarly Communications Librarian in the Office of Library Services, where she lead each of the campus libraries in the development and management of CUNY’s open access institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works.

Prior to joining CUNY, she held positions at the New York Public Library, New York University, and Barnard College.

She is also an active Wikipedian, and, guided by the principle that Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit, she works to increase contributions by and about women and people from other marginalized groups.