Monday, January 23, 2017

Beall's list taken down

Beall's list has indeed been taken down. Odd. Disturbing.
An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers on Sunday vanished from the internet without explanation. His business partners now say he was forced to shut down the website.
Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, created the lists in 2008. They grew to include thousands of journals and publishers that Beall alleged exploit open-access publishing for their own profit -- for example by spamming researchers with invitations to publish their findings or present at conferences, then pocketing publication or registration fees while providing little or no quality review. Beall populated the lists based on 52 criteria he developed.
People first noticed Beall’s website had been wiped on Sunday. The pages that contained the lists now read, “This service is no longer available.” Since the content disappeared without notice, many suspected the website had been targeted by hackers or a lawsuit.
Lacey E. Earle, vice president of business development for Cabell’s International, said on Twitter Tuesday that Beall “was forced to shut down [the] blog due to threats and politics.” A spokesperson for the company said the information came from Beall, but that it was all he told them.
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In a statement, a spokesperson for CU Denver said Beall made a “personal decision” to take down the website, adding that the university did not play a role in that decision.
“Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, has decided to no longer maintain or publish his research or blog on open-access journals and ‘predatory publishers,’” the spokesperson said. “CU Denver supports and recognizes the important work Professor Beall has contributed to the field and to scholars worldwide. CU Denver also understands and respects his decision to take down his website scholarlyoa.com at this time. Professor Beall remains on the faculty at the university and will be pursuing new areas of research.”
Here are links to archived versions of the lists as of 1/15/17:
Predatory Publishers https://web.archive.org/web/20170112125427/https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/
Standalone Journals: https://web.archive.org/web/20170111172309/https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/

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