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Why did Bealls List of potential predatory publishers go dark?
Jeffrey Beall, the University of Colorado Denver librarian who has since 2008 chronicled potential, possible, or probable predatory publishers, has at least for now pulled the plug on his influential, and at times controversial, site.
The decision to take down the site and Bealls faculty page at the Auraria Library, where he remains a tenured associate professor was his own, the University of Colorado Denver tells Retraction Watch.
The site, scholarlyoa.com, which just earlier this month included a list of more than 1,000 such publishers, now contains no information. The sudden change was noted Sunday on Twitter, where questions about the move catalogued, along with some answers, by Emil Karlsson swirled for two days. Bealls faculty page was also taken down.
Some of the speculation surrounded Cabells, a publishing services company that had earlier announced it would house a publisher blacklist beginning sometime this year. Cabells, however, said it was not involved in the closure, and that it supported Beall. Cabells tweets also hinted at legal threats, which Beall has faced in the past.
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Controversial website that lists predatory publishers shuts down
Librarian Jeffrey Beall wont say why he has unpublished his widely read blog.
18 January 2017 Corrected: 18 January 2017
My blog is now unpublished, said Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver (UCD). He added that he couldnt give reasons and declined to comment further.
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A spokeswoman for UCD said that Beall made a personal decision to close down his blog, and that Beall is still employed on the universitys faculty. In a statement, the university added that Beall would no longer maintain or publish his research on open-access journals and predatory publishers.
Bealls profile page on his employers website has also been emptied, as has a Facebook page that he used to publicise his list.
Since 2010, Beall has single-handedly listed thousands of open-access journals that he says exploit or deceive authors by charging fees to publish papers without providing expected publishing services such as peer review, archiving and editing.
The lists importance is tremendous, says Rick Anderson, an associate dean in the library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. There really are predators out there running scholarly-communication scams, and Beall has been the only person willing to call them out. Anderson says he fears the list was taken down because of legal threats.
LIST OF PUBLISHERS
Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers
This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards. In a few cases, non-open access publishers whose practices match those of predatory publishers have been added to the list as well. The criteria for determining predatory publishers are here.
We hope that tenure and promotion committees can also decide for themselves how importantly or not to rate articles published in these journals in the context of their own institutional standards and/or geocultural locus. We emphasize that journal publishers and journals change in their business and editorial practices over time. This list is kept up-to-date to the best extent possible but may not reflect sudden, unreported, or unknown enhancements.
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A M Publishers
Academe Research Journals
Academia Scholarly Journals (ASJ)
Academic and Business Research Institute
Academic and Scientific Publishing
Academic Direct Publishing House
Academic Journals and Research ACJAR
Academic Journals Online (AJO)
Academic Journals, Inc.
Academic Knowledge and Research Publishing
Academic Organization for Advancement of Strategic and International Studies (Academic OASIS)
Academic Publications, Ltd.
Academic Research in Science, Engineering, Art and Management (ARSEAM)
Academic Research Journals
Academic Research Publishers (ARPUB)
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