ON 15 JANUARY 2017, JEFFREY BEALL'S BLOG "SCHOLARLY OPEN ACCESS'' CLOSED PERMANENTLY. HE WILL NO LONGER BE DOING THIS WORK. PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THE ARTICLES BELOW MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE ANYMORE, DUE TO THIS CLOSURE.
Eric Baker, Research and Instruction Librarian, at the Auraria Library, University of Denver, Colarado, USA, confirmed the following in an email to Denise Nicholson on 18 January 2017, with regard to the closure of Beall's website:
“Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, has decided to no longer maintain or publish his research or blog on open access journals and “predatory publishers.” CU Denver supports and recognizes the important work Professor Beall has contributed to the field and to scholars worldwide. CU Denver also understands and respects his decision to take down his website scholarlyoa.com at this time. Professor Beall remains on the faculty at the university and will be pursuing new areas of research.
If someone has more questions, please refer them directly to Jeffrey’s professional email (Jeffrey.Beall@ucdenver.edu), or to Emily in Media Relations.”
Please note there are reservations in academia and various articles (see some below) about Beall's List of Predatory Publishers, but it serves as a general alert. It is advisable to do some investigations with the Directory of Open Access Journals (green ticks next to title names indicate that they meet DOAJ's new 2014 standards) and SPARC, before making a final decision about a publisher or journal. Consider reputable journals - check Accredited Journals
For assistance or advice, you can contact Denise Nicholson at Denise.Nicholson@wits.ac.za
Ensure you select a reputable, accredited OA journal before publishing via the OA Gold Route. See OA accredited journals. Rather adopt the OA Green Route (i.e. publishing in an accredited subscription based journal and placing a copy of your publication in Wits Institutional Repository (WIREDSPACE). To check what version your publishers allow for deposit in WIREDSPACE, see: Copyright Policies.