Controversial Beall’s List of ‘Predatory’ Publishers, Journals Disappears

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The academic and research world was shaken when a controversial blog exposed thousands of dubious publishers and journals that publish journal for a certain amount without going through peer-review. The Beall’s List was established by the University of Colorado in Denver by librarian Jeffrey Beall in 2010. But a few days ago, the controversial list was taken down and no one exactly knows why.

Beall’s list has caused commotion within the research circle after he claimed that authors charge a certain fee to have their research published. Beall remained mum on the true reasons behind the tracking down of the list as of this posting. The UC Denver, however, issued an official statement through its spokesperson, as reported by the Science Mag.

Beall Remains Mum

The spokesperson said Beall’s decision to take down the list was personal and the school has nothing to do with it. It said that despite the librarian’s exposè, Beall remained employed at the school. The spokesperson added that the decision did not come as a result of a legal action nor it was hacked.

But even after Beall took down the list, a web cache version has been circulating online and in social networking sites. As Beall continued to keep his silence, speculations are starting to flare up online. Some even suggested that the list would be transferred to a company called Cabell’s International.

Speculations Growing

In a tweet, Cabell’s VP hinted that “threats and politics” have pushed Beall to shut down his blog. Beall’s list became controversial after some publishing giant were included in the list. All other list that Beall published were also taken down and no longer accessible as of this writing.

Bogus publication has become so rampant over the past years with the advent of academics and research advancement. Also, academicians, in most cases, need to publish their works in order to secure tenure, get scholarships, and research funding. But this has led to the proliferation of companies that prey on professionals looking for a quick publication, the New York Times reported.

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