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Topic Primer: Predatory Publishing

On January 17, 2017, Jeffrey Beall withdrew his blog, “Scholarly Open Access:  Critical Analysis of Open Access Publishing” from the Internet, reportedly because of “threats and politics”.  Professor Beall, an academic librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver (Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian, 303-556-5936, began compiling the list in 2009.

In a recent article, Jeffrey Beall* explains what happened to “Beall’s Lists” of predatory journals and publishers.
*Jeffrey Beall. What I learned from predatory publishers. Biochemia Medica 2017;27(2):273-9.

Beall’s List of Open AccessPredatory Publishers is archived on the Internet (January 2017) at
Beall’s blog, Scholarly Open Access, is archived on the Internet at

Jeffrey Beall on strategies to distinguish predatory from legitimate journals are on YouTube at

In a recent update on the issue of predatory journals, publishers, and congresses, Ray Hunziker, Senior Editor at ProEd Communications has written a “Practical Matters” article, “Avoiding Predatory Publishers in the Post-Beall World: Tips for Writers and Editors”,  in AMWA Journal (v32, no. 3: 113-115, 2017, file:///C:/Users/New/Downloads/AvoidingPredatoryPublishers.pdf ) to help authors and editors discern credible journals. An infographic summarizes typical practices of publishers, journals, meetings, and congresses whose output the author suggests as predatory. Hunziker also mentions Cabell’s Blacklist and Whitelist, a pay-to-access service that absorbed Beall’s lists. A video explaining how Cabell’s integrates information on the blacklists with publication metrics is available on their website at .

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