Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers

predatoryjournalsSeveral people in the library world have preserved Beall’s List before he took down his site. One place you can go is to this blog, Exploring the Evidence. The list is published here.  Librarians are getting questions all the time about the legitimacy of some OA publishers and Beall’s former list is a great place to start investigating. For example a query came in the other day about the Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education. Not only was the publisher on the former Beall’s list, one can learn that this is one of the for-profit operations that attempted to sue Mr. Beall for its inclusion on his list and force him to leave off of his activities. The publisher requires all authors to pay $400 to publish articles with them, though this is not transparent information in their “call for papers” email sent to faculty. It is important to be cognizant of these issues and to attempt to help scholars determine quality OA publishers from those who seem to be driven by profit.

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