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Beall's List of Predatory Open Access Publishers, shortened to Beall's List, was an annual publication listing publishers who are 'potential, possible, or probable' agents of predatory open-access publishing, an exploitative business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not). Written by Jeffrey BeallWikipedia's W.svg from the University of Colorado in Denver, the list sets criteria for categorizing predatory publications and lists publishers and independent journals that meet those criteria.[1] Newer scholars from developing countries are said to be especially at risk of becoming the victim of these practices.[2][3]

On 15 January, 2017, the list was brought down, apparently due to 'threats and politics'. Supposedly, someone on this list has it out for Beall. Fortunately, the internet has it archived.[4][5] Go nuts!

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Beall published an article arguing against the whole of open access publishing and not just predatory open access, claiming it to be an "anti-corporatist" [sic], "collectivist", "cooperative" movement which wishes to "replace a free market with an artificial and highly regulated one". He also plays up the connections to George Soros, describing him as "known for his extreme left-wing views and the financing of their enactment as laws".[6] Oh, and he published this nonsense in an open access journal!

There is also that time Beall described SciELOWikipedia's W.svg and RedalycWikipedia's W.svg, two Latin American scholarly digital libraries, as "favelas", the Brazilian-Portuguese derogatory term for slums.[7] Yeah, not racist/classist at all!

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  1. On Predatory Publishers: a Q&A With Jeffrey Beall by Carl Elliott (June 5, 2012) The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  2. Kearney, Margaret H. (2015). "Predatory Publishing: What Authors Need to Know". Research in Nursing & Health 38: 1–3. 
  3. Xia, Jingfeng; Harmon, Jennifer L.; Connolly, Kevin G.; Donnelly, Ryan M.; Anderson, Mary R.; Howard, Heather A. (2014). "Who publishes in "predatory" journals?". Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 66 (7): 1406–1417. 
  4. Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers (archive.org page of Beall's List from January 11, 2017)
  5. Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers (archive.is page of Beall's List from January 16, 2017)
  6. "The Open-Access Movement is Not Really about Open Access", tripleC.
  7. "Is SciELO a Publication Favela?", Scholarly Open Access.
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