Why Beall’s List Died — and What It Left Unresolved About Open Access - The Chronicle of Higher Education
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"Why, after toiling so hard for five years — and creating a resource cherished by scientists wary of exploitative publishers — did the University of Colorado at Denver’s Jeffrey Beall abruptly give it all up? Who, or what, forced his hand?
There are several prime suspects:
- His fellow university librarians, whom Mr. Beall faults for overpromoting open-access publishing models.
- A well-financed Swiss publisher, angry that Mr. Beall had had the temerity to put its journals on his list.
- His own university, perhaps fatigued by complaints from the publisher, the librarians, or others.
- The broader academic community — universities, funders of research, publishers, and fellow researchers, many of whom long understood the value of Mr. Beall’s list but did little to help him out.
- Mr. Beall himself, who failed to recognize that a bit of online shaming wouldn’t stop many scientists from making common cause with journals that just don’t ask too many questions.
In the end, all played important roles in the demise of Beall’s List. On one level, Mr. Beall’s saga is just another tale of warring personalities. On another, though, it points to a broader problem in publishing: Universities still have a long way to go to create systems for researchers to share and collaborate with one another, evaluate one another’s work, and get credit for what really matters in research...."