In December 2021, the (TCS) Committee held two strategy workshops to define new strategic objectives, from which we produced a prioritised list of activities. An operational report is in place to determine the annual activities for 2022, 2023 and 2024. Our next strategic review will take place in 2025.
We renewed and published our vision statement and mission and identified metrics against which we can measure our progress and success.
‘Our vision is for all researchers to be aware of how to avoid predatory publishing.’
Our mission is that through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.’
In 2022, new organisations and committee members joined the campaign. We welcomed the Association of University Presses and welcomed back ALPSP and STM. Sadly, we said goodbye to Sian Harris, formerly of INASP and a founding committee member.
We commissioned Semblance to redesign and update our website. The relaunched website provides users with new functionality, ensuring it is responsive and accessible. We have also implemented a font to handle all alphabets and scripts of the translated checklists.
The checklists are now interactive and downloadable.
Tools and resources
We have updated the checklists with extra information to explain some terminology and added further examples. We have commissioned new translations of the Books and Chapters and Journals checklists and updated existing translations.
In 2023, we will commission an updated video and we encourage our users, organisations and individuals alike to share, re-use and repost it.
We have increased our social media presence and activity and send regular newsletters. We published a guest post on the COPE blog, as well as commissioning blog posts for our website:
- A post on problematic solicitations
- An extremely popular post on fake acceptance letters
- A post on libraries helping researchers to find places to publish
In June, we ran a webinar with UKSG called Predatory Publishing – how to support researchers in identifying trusted journals and publishers for their research. It was attended or watched by more than 1,350 people. We produced a Q and A document afterward to complement the presentation.
We collaborated with STM and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) to present to CAS members about TCS and our work. The webinar was in Chinese to an audience of 2078 attendees.
Our campaign for librarians raised awareness about using TCS tools and resources.