Re: [visionlist] Beall’s List gone dark


Let’s not glorify Jeffrey Beall too much (or at all). His list
was useful, but it was never healthy that such an important
resource was curated by a single nutcase. To illustrate, let me
quote from one his papers:

“The open-access movement is really about anti-corporatism. OA
advocates want to make
collective everything and eliminate private business, except for
small businesses owned by
the disadvantaged. They don’t like the idea of profit, even
though many have a large portfolio
of mutual funds in their retirement accounts that invest in
for-profit companies.”

And so on, and so on. Is that the kind of guy we want to depend
on? No thanks.

And yes, he actually wrote this! In an obscure open-access
journal, ironically.

Michael Eisen wrote an interesting blog about this:



On 26/01/2017 14:30, John Neuhoff

Losing Beall’s list is really unfortunate, particularly for
new scholars. There is some talks that Cabell’s International
is developing a similar list based, in part, on Beall’s list.

There is some speculation that these two events are related
(though this has been denied by Cabell’s). See also the
efforts of Dr. Eugene Noolah, a fictional character that has
gotten himself appointed to the editorial boards of several
predatory journals.



John G. Neuhoff

Department of Psychology

The College of Wooster

From: visionlist
on behalf
of Hans Strasburger Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2017 5:02 AMTo: cvnet; visionlist@visionscience.comSubject: [visionlist] Beall’s List gone dark


Dear fellow CVNetters and
Some of you may have already noticed but I only just
found out: Beall’s
List of potential predatory publishers and journals has
It’s just gone. We can imagine why this has happened but
in any case I
find it highly disturbing. Beall’s List may not have
been perfect but it
has been tremendously helpful to me over the years, to
sort out all
those treacherous invitations I got, and still get, on a
regular basis.
Note, though, that a snapshot of both the publishers
list and journals
list are still mirrored on the web (details in that
link), so it is
still time to download them (ASAP).
All the best,

Hans Strasburger

Prof. Dr. habil., Dr. rer. biol. hum., Dipl.
Math., Dipl. Psych. Hans Strasburger:
Universität München Inst. f. Med.


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