Friday, January 20, 2017

Beall's List of Predatory Publishers Wiped Clean

The list of allegedly predatory publishers exploiting the opportunities for open access publishing previously maintained at https://scholarlyoa.com, a.k.a. Beall's list, is no more. The blog is devoid of content. Clicking on the "list of publishers" produces the remark, "This service is no longer available." The reasons for the abrupt erasure are not publicly known.
“My blog is now unpublished,” said [Jeffrey] Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver (UCD). He added that he couldn’t give reasons and declined to comment further.
Andrew Silver, Controversial Website that Lists ‘Predatory’ Publishers Shuts Down, Nature, Jan. 18, 2017. Science magazine calls it a mystery. Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Mystery As Controversial List of Predatory Publishers Disappears, Science, Jan. 17, 2017.

An archived version of the old list can be accessed at https://web.archive.org/web/20170112125427/https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/

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