Beall’s List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers
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Mr. Beall, a Metadata Librarian at the Auraria Library, defines predatory journals as open-access publishers “that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process. Unlike professional publishing operations, whether subscription-based or ethically-sound open access, these predatory publishers add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.”
Mr. Beall was recently interviewed for a Chronicle of Higher Education article on the subject. (Free registration or subscription may be required).
[Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]