This week’s update comes to us from Jan Velterop, who asks, “Are ‘predatory’ journals completely negative, or also a sign of something positive?”
There have been a few blog posts from around the web talking about how much we’ll miss Beall’s list now that it has been taken offline. But all is not lost! There is still hope that the conversation that Jeffrey Beall began and singlehandedly supported will live on and grow.
Jeffrey Beall scrubbed his blog and lists of predatory journals and publishers last week after years of running ScholarlyOA. This raised concerns around the Internet from scholars about being able to assess the many calls for papers and requests received from legitimate-sounding, but questionable journals.
Beall apparently took down his list of predatory journals in order to avoid continued harassment and threats.
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