Colleagues: Have you received any emails from publishers that just don’t seem legit?
Jeffrey Beall provides definitions of predatory journals and predatory open access publishing here. In 2008, Beall had started to generate and publish a list of predatory publishers to alert faculty to scammers, and received assistance from Cabell’s. In 2017, Beall was forced to take down the list.
An anonymous group, “Stop Predatory Journals”, has taken Beall’s old list and updated it to provide a list of predatory publishers and predatory journals. They also provide some basic criteria for identifying a potential predatory publisher.
So–have you received any emails from publishers that just don’t seem legit? What did you do about it, and how can we help? Please share your experiences (as well as the names of those predatory publishers or journals) below–you will help out your colleagues by doing so!
(Thank you to SCSU librarian Cindy Gruwell for bringing this back to our attention, with those new updated lists!)