6 May 2016

Beall's List of Questionable Scholarly Open-Access Publishers

Beall's List is a website compiled and updated by Jeffrey Beall, who is a librarian based at the University of Colorado. His website lists "questionable, scholarly open-access publishers", often referred to as "predatory publishers" since they require up-front fees for "publishing" scholarly articles. The purpose of Beall's List is to draw attention to these titles so that authors can "decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards".

Beall's List also describes the criteria for determining predatory publishers, and may be viewed here (pdf document).

The list emphasizes that journal publishers (and journals) change their business and editorial practices over time. Therefore the list is kept up-to-date but may not reflect "sudden, unreported, or unknown enhancements".

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