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Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication: Beall's List Closes - Articles about the closure

This LibGuide provides useful information about the Open Access Movement, open access publishing and open scholarly communication trends.

Beall's List Shutdown in January 2017

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.”

Jeffrey Beall on Open Access Publishing: How publishers dupe authors

About Beall's List of Predatory OA Journal Publishers (CLOSED ON 15.1.2017)

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