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What Does a Librarian Have to Do to get Sued for One Billion Dollars? Jeffrey Beall Found out!

What actions taken by a librarian, on a blog, could cause damages in the range of one billion dollars? That wasn’t an error, really, one billion dollars. This is likely a question that Jeffrey Beall is currently pondering, as the OMICS Publishing Group is currently threatening to sue him for that whopping sum, along with threatening him with criminal charges that might see him put in jail for three years (OMICS is based out of India).

According to the “About the Author” tab on his blog (Scholarly Open Access), Beall has been an academic librarian for over two decades, and currently works at Auraria Library at the University of Colorado – Denver where he received tenure in 2012, and was promoted to associate professor. It is not Beall’s work at the university that has sparked OMICS ire but rather his “interest in scholarly open-access publishing” which has seen his blog become an important listing of the relative trustworthiness of various open access publications. Beall’s blog (sometimes known as “Beall’s List”) has received a fair amount of attention and press, and is a useful tool for scholars and librarians investigating the merit of a particular publication/publisher.

As reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Jake New (in an article titled “Publisher Threatens to Sue Blogger for $1-Billion”):

“The OMICS Group’s practices have received particular attention from Mr. Beall and some publications, including The Chronicle. In 2012, The Chronicle found that the group was listing 200 journals, but only about 60 percent had actually published anything.”

The elements in the above quote that refer to findings by The Chronicle are important to note as they help indicate that Beall is not the only one who has found some of OMICS practices worthy of a closer look. New’s Chronicle article also notes that Beall’s blog:

“accuses OMICS of spamming scholars with invitations to publish, quickly accepting their papers, then charging them a nearly $3,000 publishing fee after a paper has been accepted. He also alleges that the publisher uses the names of scholars without their permission to entice participants to attend scientific conferences and then promotes those conferences by using names “deceptively similar” to well-known, established conferences.”

Much of this lawsuit (which has not actually been filed as of yet) hinges upon different national laws. Based in India, OMICS has recourse to more restrictive “freedom of speech” laws than those found in the US, particularly as regards Section 66A of India’s Information Technology Act which places severe penalties on those who use computers and the Internet to disseminate “any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character” (that quote comes from New’s article).

Though it is likely that OMICS will follow through, in some way, with their threat, it is unclear exactly what will happen. And if this case should wind up in a US court it is difficult to imagine damages in the range of one billion dollars seriously being considered. While a threat of one billion dollars may take on laughable aspects due to its size, it should be clear that OMICS does not think that this matter is a joke.

As this blog has previously noted in regards to the legal actions taken against librarian Dale Askey by the publisher Edwin Mellen Press (more on that here and here and here and here), actions such as these send a chilling warning to librarians. A threat that if librarians (or other individuals) should choose to present a negative assessment that their opinion may be met with legal action.

One of the important roles that librarians play, especially academic librarians in this case, is analyzing the merit of available resources. This is an analysis that includes looking into publishers and journals. Librarians need to recommend which journals are worth subscribing to (and those fees can be expensive) and librarians are frequently consulted by academics looking for information on which journals/presses are good places to publish.  It is in this framework that “Beall’s List” can be seen as a valuable resource, indeed, Jeffrey Beall’s work in assessing various journals is (meaning this as praise) simply an example of a librarian doing the work of a librarian.

While it is certainly the case that librarians do not always make perfect judgments, Beall’s site has a clear “Appeals” section that gives publishers easy instructions for appealing the inclusion of their journal on the site. Here is that appeals section, quoted in full:

“Publishers can appeal the inclusion of their journal or publisher on this blog’s lists. If you believe that your journal should not be included on the list, please send an email to the blog’s owner, Jeffrey Beall, at [E-mail address removed for this quotation]

In the email, please state the reasons why you believe your publisher or journal should not be included. The email will be forwarded to a four-member advisory board. The board will then review the publisher’s website and conduct on the publisher’s operations. The board will then advise the blog’s author to retain or remove the listing. Appeals are limited to one every 60 days.”

The threat of a lawsuit is no substitute for putting together a thorough appeal, and as Beall’s appeals section makes clear it is a process that he takes seriously, as he must surely understand that the trustworthiness of his website is couched in the degree to which it is viewed as giving a fair assessment of publishers. And Beall’s (lengthy) criteria for determining whether or not a journal is questionable are easily accessible on his site.

It is understandable for those behind journals that find themselves on “Beall’s List” to feel frustrated by their inclusion, but the onus falls on them to demonstrate why their inclusion is unwarranted. And threats of legal action do little to further the conversation. Indeed such actions reduce the debate to the equivalent of name calling: “you said this, so I’m suing!” While such legal actions only further harm the publisher as they will now be associated with threatening to sue a librarian for doing the job of a librarian (and most librarians don’t look too kindly on groups that sue librarians).

Librarians and others engaged in similar pursuits are more important than ever in the information-saturated age in which we live. Helping patrons and scholars recognize trustworthy and useful sources for information versus questionable sources is essential.

But perhaps it is time for Jeffrey Beall to begin another “Beall’s List,” one of librarians who have been sued by publishers for doing their jobs.

Here’s hoping that list stays small.

Update – Specifically Regarding Comments

The comments that are being submitted on this post show that Jeffrey Beall is quite the polarizing figure. While we here at the Shipwreck want this site to spark conversations we believe that there is something to be said for preserving at least a modicum of civility, and thus we are somewhat unsure of how exactly to respond to some of the vitriolic comments that some are attempting to post. We will continue to approve the comments that we feel contribute to the conversation, but are increasingly leery of “approving” attacks. Furthermore, if you would like to link to a post or article that has a different viewpoint about Mr. Beall please feel free to post the link with a few words explaining why you think it is worth reading, but do not just cut and paste the entire link into the comments section.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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26 comments on “What Does a Librarian Have to Do to get Sued for One Billion Dollars? Jeffrey Beall Found out!

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  5. Laura
    May 27, 2013

    Every one knows that Jeffrey Beall is a scammer and fraud. No need to file against such criminals.

    • Richard
      June 1, 2013

      Agreed

  6. Kundoorujana Reddy
    June 3, 2013

    I also agreed to the above comments. I gone through all his criterias listed on his website. My question is, on what basis the criterias are framed? The criteria are framed in such a way to include all recently started open access publishers in his predatory list. By this way of spreading scams, he believes that he can destroy the reputation of the budding publishers.

    Drawbacks of Beall’s evaluation are:

    1. No negative comments are published in his site
    2. Lack of transparency on the removal of some publisher name from the list (eg. Hindawi, Dove Press etc.)
    3. All open access publishers of developing countries are included in the list (The law is very stringent in developed countries, it is not a joke to include any of the publishers from developed countries, because they might sue this author (Beall) immediately)
    4. No publishers are contacted through e-mail or by telephone, prior to publishing the list
    5. Evaluation is non-scientific and totally biased.

    I guess, the main reason behind the predatory list are:

    1. Majority of the small open access publishers are charging only 200 – 300USD per article, which is very economic for many researchers and academicians. This is possible for small open access publishers, because the origination of OPEN access lies in the power of internet and information technology. A small start-up OA publisher without a office and operating from an apartment can run efficiently if it establishes a proper E-management system of peer review and publication. That is the beauty of E-age and internet as it opens up immense opportunity.
    This arises big problem for the large open access publishers, who are already charging 2000-3000USD per article. They themselves ask, how is it possible to charge so much less than this and yet survive as a business? Hence, started targeting the budding open access publishers as predatory.

    2. It is one of the smart way of indirectly forcing small open access publishers to join Open Access Journal Publishers Association (OAJPA). [So far as I am aware, Beall’s list does not currently include any member of OASPA].

    SO, AUTHORS, RESEARCHERS and ACADEMICIANS. BEWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU.

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  8. mab
    July 11, 2013

    I have read his recent posting against OA publishers and would like to
    express my personal opinions on his so called predatory fighting blog

    1. He seems to plan to kill all OA publishers on infancy stage. Many
    motivated people may wish to start a good quality OA publishing firm but
    may have no good experience. He plans to prevent all these people having
    any progress.

    2. His most arguments are premature, just because an OA publisher
    publishes one or two plagiarized papers does not mean the publisher must
    be blacklisted. He just needs to provide awareness and inform publishers
    on your website that scientific community does not like it and ask them
    to be more careful in future. Many OA publishers try to use free
    materials such as gmail to reduce their expenses, their website may have
    some broken links, they may not be familiar with more professional stuff
    like having metadata for each article to promote their job, properly.
    These issues do not mean they are unqualified to run a publishing firm.

    3. I personally receive invitation from ELSEVIER to publish new
    paper on their recently started journals and it does not mean ELSEVIER is
    spamming me, but if a new OA invites me to submit my paper, I must
    consider it predatory publisher, why?

    4. There are many OA journals published by ELSEVIER, which are low
    quality, “Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences” is just an example
    of it. Why doesn’t he ever criticize journals which are published by big
    publishers? Do you have any financial relationship with them?

    6. I wonder who pays his legal affairs, they must be rich enough to
    feed you well, Honestly, my gut feeling is telling me that he is hired
    by some people just to kill the entire OA publishers.

    Finally, only time will tell us more about the nature of your job, many
    OA publishers in your list will do well in my opinion and you will be
    blamed by many for having many bias judgements. If I were in new OA publishers, I would simply bring him to a court and no matter whether I win or lose, I would create a trouble for him so that he would not jump into conclusion so quickly for other OA
    publishers in future.

    Mab

  9. SG
    August 6, 2013

    Mab, He only wants to kill predatory/rip-off publishers. Also, for $10 each I’d be happy to publish your papers in my “Journal of Science, Nature and Cell.” That way you can state to everyone that you have been published in Science, Nature and Cell.

  10. Maria Ek Styven
    November 15, 2013

    Professor Nicola Bellomo in his site http://iaria-highsci.blogspot.com proves that Jeffrey Beall is a real crook, a felon, a super-criminal of the Academic Community.

    A Predatory Librarian: Jeffrey Beall: The crook, the felon, the criminal of the Academic Community.

    I recently made an inquiry to Jeffrey Beall (the Denver, USA librarian who runs a webpage where he slanders and insults about 500 publishing houses), whether he, Jeffrey Beall himself, has the ability to solve the simple math equation 5x+3 = 0.

    Jeffrey Beall replied to my first email, that he has never studied even the simplest form of Math. Meaning that he doesn’t know what “equation” means (he has never even seen equations like 5x+3 = 0, 3x*x + 7x -4 =0 etc), neither does he know what “Derivative” or “Integral” mean.

    Jeffrey Beall told me that he has a Bachelor in Spanish and English language. This of course didn’t stop him blacklisting hundreds of houses that publish Math, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Space Science etc Journals. That from a man who isn’t even able to solve the simple equation 5x+3 = 0, and who doesn’t know what Derivative or Integral mean.

    Recently, Jeffrey Beall included in his “black list” an old, big Academic Publishing House, with several, historic Journals in Math, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Economics (some of which have been indexed in ISI and SCOPUS), and that because, according to Jeffrey Beal, they had copied the… Maxwell Equations from a 2007 article.

    Obviously, since Jeffrey Beall doesn’t know how to solve the equation 5x+3 = 0, and since he doesn’t know what Derivative and Integral mean, he has zero knowledge when it comes to Electricity or Physics and has never seen the Maxwell Equations (not even in their most basic form).

    As expected from somebody who is entirely clueless regarding even elementary Math and Physics, he considered the Maxwell Equations found in the Journal to be plagiarized… from a 2007 paper.

    With a Bachelor in Spanish and English in his CV, Jeffrey Beall passes judgment even to Medicine, Biology, Chemistry etc Journals and articles, while he is fully aware that he’s never attended a University course on which nucleotides make up the DNA molecule, he’s never heard what enzyme, catalysis, proteins etc are, and if one asks him what pH is, he’ll be completely ignorant.

    However, in his bizarre blog, this person has declared himself a critic of everyone and everything. He blacklists publishing houses (many of which having journals and conferences indexed in ISI, SCOPUS, Compendex, ACM etc), he includes stand-alone journals in “black lists”, slanders Editors-in-Chief, Authors etc. Of course he does all that selectively, following a certain logic of his, which will be analyzed below.
    In a later email that I sent him, I asked him to comment on why he includes a small publishing house in his black list because “they copied Maxwell’s Equations from a 2007 paper” (poor Jeffrey Beall doesn’t know that Maxwell’s Equations are taught in Universities’ first year elementary physics), while at the same time he excludes IEEE, who have over 85 SCIgen machine-generated fake conference papers published and indexed.

    (See: A 2013 scientometrics paper demonstrated that at least 85 SCIgen machine-generated papers have been published by IEEE. The Paper has been published in Springer Verlag: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11192-012-0781-y
    Download the full paper from:
    http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/71/35/55/PDF/0-FakeDetectionSci-Perso.pdf)
    He also didn’t respond to the question why he didn’t include Elsevier in his black list, who were revealed to have been publishing 6 Medical Journals between 2000 and 2005 with fake articles and studies, that were funded by pharmaceutical companies, in order to scientifically prove that their products were superior to their competitors’. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsevier
    or
    http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2009/05/elsevier-confirms-6-fake-journals-more.html

    In a third email I asked him where his moral and academic responsibility stands, since if due to him including some publishing houses in black lists, those houses reduce or cease their activity (due to his immoral slandering), hundreds of jobs will be lost and families will end up in the street. Naturally, despite my repeated emails, Jeffrey Beall never replied.

    There are also rumors on the internet that some publishing houses, like Hindawi and Elsevier, pay Jeffrey Beall on a yearly basis in order not to be included in his black list. This looks like heavy taxing that the publisher is asked to pay annually to Jeffrey Beall, and, as we’ll see below, part of this tax ends up in the Denver University funds.

    Actually, Hindawi was in Jeffrey Beall’s black list a year ago. Then, after negotiations, Jeffrey Beall placed them in a watching list (i.e. an “under observation” list), and eventually completely removed them.

    Just like Jeffrey Beall himself mentioned in his blog, Hindawi’s people visited him in Denver and offered him “explanations”. After that, Jeffrey Beall gradually removed Hindawi from his black list.
    Why, Mr. Jeffrey Beall, did you agree to meet with Hindawi’s representatives in your office in Denver, when Hindawi was black listed? What did you talk about, Mr. Jeffrey Beall? Hindawi, as mentioned on their website, has an annual turnover of $6 million.

    Couldn’t they use part of that money to pay off Jeffrey Beall?

    Furthermore, in his blog, Jeffrey Beall has posted a photo of Hindawi’s headquarters, which he calls “House of Spam”. So, Mr. Jeffrey Beall, why isn’t Hindawi in your black list, when among your fundamental black listing reasons, like you mention in your blog, is spam?

    Having read all that, you can draw your own conclusions on who Jeffrey Beall is and what his real motives behind his publishing house and scientific organization black listing blog are. Houses and Organizations that Jeffrey Beall calls “Predatory Publishers”.

    Maybe it’s time to talk about Predatory Librarians, Mr. Jeffrey Beall. About librarians who target Open Access Journals, especially because the open, online PDF policy deprives librarians (like Jeffrey Beall) from the possibility of receiving kickbacks from publishing houses.

    To those who are not aware, it is known that several publishing houses paid- and pay-off librarians (like Jeffrey Beall), in order to get their libraries to subscribe to those houses.

    Meaning that, in order for a certain University, Research Center, Company to buy some books or subscribe to some journals, it is common knowledge that librarians receive money under the table from the respective publishing houses. It is therefore natural and understandable for this kind of librarians (Jeffrey Beall, for instance) to fight Open Access Journals and Open Access Publishing Houses, since they
    a) lose their kickbacks,
    b) lose their power and influence in the library, as well as the University.

    I’ve saved all my email exchange with Jeffrey Beall, along with their headers/source code, and I will soon upload them to various websites. I need everyone’s help though, by sending me emails (to the email address found at the bottom) and exchanging information on Jeffrey Beall’s scandalous behavior.

    And one last question to Jeffrey Beall: How can a librarian WITHOUT a Ph.D. be an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, Mr. Jeffrey Beall?

    Could it be that Jeffrey Beall bribed older professors, using the abundance of money that he is said to possess?

    Could it be that Jeffrey Beall threatened that if they don’t vote for him, he’ll include all journals where they have papers published in his black list, and slander them on the internet?

    Or is it that they were so much impressed by his research? Actually, Mr. Jeffrey Beall, what is your scientific research? Your scientific research as a “real scientist” that is, Mr. Jeffrey Beall. What publications do you have, besides slandering, insulting and discredit hundreds of scientific organizations and publishing houses? What do you teach at the University of Denver Mr. Jeffrey Beall?

    Is there really any course (real scientific course) that you can teach, Mr. Jeffrey Beall, besides calling publishing houses and scientific organizations “predatory”?

    It doesn’t look like it, Mr. Jeffrey Beall. No matter how hard we looked, we didn’t find any courses taught by you at the University of Denver.

    Neither on your personal webpage, Mr. Jeffrey Beall, nor on your money-making blog, nor even on the University of Denver website is there any mention about courses taught by you.

    So, since you do absolutely no scientific research, and you don’t even teach pre-graduate or post-graduate students, what is your role at the University of Denver, Mr. Jeffrey Beall?

    Does the University of Denver pay you a salary, Mr. Jeffrey Beall, or do you pay the University to let you bear the title of Assistant Professor?

    A title that you really do not deserve, as you have no Ph.D., no actual research work and do no teaching whatsoever. It is a shame for the University of Denver to have professors like you, Jeffrey Beall.

    Or is running a blog that slanders everyone and everything considered scientific research?

    It most certainly is not, Mr. Jeffrey Beall.

    Could it be, however, an applied money-making project for you and your university, Mr. Jeffrey Beall?

    (By the way, why should a small publishing house from some place in India, which cannot attract papers, nor editorial board members, from western universities, be in your black list Mr. Jeffrey Beall? In this case, you should also black list all non-US and non-European universities. Of course there exist first-rate universities, like Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge. Should all other universities be in a black list? Is this your logic “Professor” Beall? Furthermore, you condemn any new publishing house, as it is natural for them to not have papers and not be indexed as soon as they launch, but has to deal with you, who, like a vulture, immediately includes them in your black list for those reasons.)

    I would greatly appreciate your response, Mr. Jeffrey Beal. And I would also appreciate feedback from anyone who agrees with me. My email is: profnicolabellomo@gmail.com

    My aim is to create a network of true scientists and expose “Professor”, “Academic Teacher” and, above all, “Researcher” Jeffrey Beall (this science jack-of-all-trades, who doesn’t know a first-degree algebraic equation, derivatives, integrals, elementary Physics and Chemistry laws, etc)
    Thank you
    Nicola Bellomo
    profnicolabellomo@gmail.com
    http://iaria-highsci.blogspot.com

  11. Duck Ching jang
    November 18, 2013

    SG, You are the real predatory/rip-off publishers as you are ready to publish work without review. Great and keep doing the same

  12. Lame Jain
    November 29, 2013

    I agree with Professor Nicola Bellomo.
    Jeffrey Beall is a strange personality. How can a Librarian with a bachelor in English and Spanish language to evaluate numerous journals and numerous publishing houses. I have heard that Jeffrey Beall is a very rich person (where did he find all these money?). What kind of Professor is Jeffrey Beall? What is his research interests?
    Does he teach how to discredit publishing houses? Why did he remove Hindawi from his black List? Did people of Hindawi paid him?

  13. Petre Dini
    December 3, 2013

    My name is Petre Dini and I am the President of IARIA, http://www.iaria.org
    I am also victim of Jeffrey Beall
    Actually, this pseudo-scholar Jeffrey Beall is a thug. He uses black lists to create profit. Also he is involved in tax evation and money laundry.
    I asked him several times to remove IARIA from his black list and he promised me to re-analyze the site http://www.iaria.org
    There is not any real reason to have our institute IARIA in his pseudo-list.
    The cost to re-analyze the portal of my organization http://www.iaria.org was 100,000 USD,
    Exactly “re-analyze” was the verb that he used in our phone conversation. Why re-analyze? Who is he that analyzes or re-analyzes Academic organizations?
    What are his qualifications. I am professor in Electrical Engineering with many publications (in IARIA and outside IARIA). Who is this pseudo-professor – money hungry thug?

    Anyway, Jeffrey Beall gave us two accounts in Tax Heaven Countries: One account in a Bank of St. Vincent and another account in Belize.
    We do not pay 100,000 USD for IARIA and so IARIA is still now in his list.

    I estimate that Hindawi has paid to pseudo-professor Jeffrey Beall something like 1500000 (1 million and half) $

    Somebody must report Jeffrey Beall’ activities in American Authorities.

    Thanks

    Petre Dini

  14. Somnuk Puangpronpitag
    December 18, 2013

    I think IARIA would be on blacklist. google IARIA; then you find it everywhere.
    http://iaria-highsci.blogspot.com/2008/12/fantastic-paper-accepted-in-ieee.html

  15. petredini@iaria.org
    January 23, 2014

    Commercial Companies pay Jeffrey Beall.
    Hindawi, Taylor and Francis, Americal Instititue of Physics and IEEE are the Sponsors of Jeffrey Beall. Read this serious post:
    http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/12/16/parting-company-with-jeffrey-beall/

  16. Hetny Jeklont
    January 24, 2014

    AICIT is not in the List of Jeffrey List. Why? Did they pay? We do not know. We cannot prove it as in the case of Hindawi, AIP, Taylor and Francis and so many publishers that sent money that bribed and corrupted Jeffrey Beall.

    However, AICIT continuously advertize in their spam emails automatic publication of the same papers (after the conferences) in their Journals.

    We sent an email to Jeffrey Beall (from another email account and with a nick name) and we asked him why AICIT is not in his black list. He replied that “I find that AICIT is excellent”

    However AICIT is not fine because:

    i) AICIT is a commercial company that uses illegaly and without permission the name of IEEE in its conferences. This is the definition of the academic scam. We know that IEEE does not grant name and logo to so many conferences, we contact IEEE and we were told that they had never granted sponsorship or cosponsorship to IEEE and we send our correspondence with IEEE to Jeffrey Beall (from another email account and with a nick name)

    ii) AICIT promises automatic publication of all the papers of its conferences, the same papers and not extended papers, to their journals. We sent the AICIT SPAM to Jeffrey Beall (from a quite different email account and with a new nick name)

    iii) AICIT charges money for publication in its journals and promises rapid review. Isn’t it the definition of Predatory Publisher?

    iv) AICIT has a very strange review process. You sent a paper and you got letter of acceptance after 2-3 days without comments, just an account information, in Korea, for money transfer . We show all these documents to Jeffrey Beall. He told us: OK. They are not perfect, but they are not predatory! I do not want to include them in my list.

    v) AICIT web site show as Presidet some Franz I. S. Ko. Franz I. S. Ko is not a Professor at any university and probably it is a made-up name. He is “President” in AICIT only and has some positions in some strange (maybe dummy) organizations. But no problem for Jeffrey Beall. He founds AICIT perfect!

    vi) AICIT had 3 journals that according Beall’s criteria, they must be classified as Full-Predatory:
    Check them yourself at http://www.aicit.org/publications.html
    * International Journal of Engineering and Industries (IJEI)
    * Research Notes in Information Science (RNIS)
    * International Journal of Robots, Education and Art (IJREA)
    The title of the Journals especially the first is quite general and unacceptable (Engineering and Industries [sic]). Jeffrey Beall, however, consider Journals of general themes are a proof of a predatory publisher. Then why he refuses to include AICIT in his list?
    Also, Jeffrey Beall declares that if you mix unrelated topics in the same journal then you are a predatory publisher. But what is his opinion about the International Journal of Robots, Education and Art (IJREA) of AICIT? AICIT mixed in the same journal Robotics, Education and Art.

    vii) AICIT is a really predatory publishing company, but deliberately, intentionally and craftily not in the Beall’s list while we have informed Jeffrey Beall about them several times. AICIT declares: International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Association.See: http://www.aicit.org How you can have an Association for all these quite different disciplines? This is a Fake Association. A dummy organization, but Jeffrey Beall likes it. Quite Interesting!

    viii) AICIT is actually an one-man show: Franz I. S. Ko or of the person that is behind Franz I. S. Ko. Where are the articles of this association? Where are their the documents of the last elections?
    And where are the members? How can we become members of AICIT? Members but members not to pay annual subscription, but also to vote and to be voted. That is to participate in the internal things, administration of AICIT.

    What do you think Beall. Will you include them in your black list. (A probable answer is: No, because AICIT paid a lot of money to my accounts in Belize and Saint Vicent)

    Till now, Jeffrey Beall consider that AICIT is fine and is a legitimate publisher. Draw your own conclusions
    We dare Beall to include AICIT in his list otherwise we are entitled to believe that AICIT bribed and corrupted this “predatory” Librarian (=Jeffrey Beall)

    Jeffrey Beall include AICIT in your black list. Can you do it???

  17. Joe Wang
    January 30, 2014

    Everything Explained Now. Jeffrey Beall clearly works for Taylor and Francis also.

    Jeffrey Beall is on the editorial board of a journal published by Taylor & Francis (T&F). This is the Journal: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01639374.2011.626372#.UurBdfl_vX4
    Taylor & Francis (T&F) is a commercial company. Why did Taylor & Francis (T&F) gave an editorial position to Jeffrey Beall?
    Why did Taylor & Francis gave this position to a person without M.Sc. and without Ph.D.? Obviously, because they (T&F) receive somthing from Jeffrey Beall: His continuously support from his blog and the extermination of almost all Open Accerss Publishers.
    T&F is a also a disgusting and nasty Spammer. Taylor and Francis has accepted several fake papers in the past.
    Additionally, Taylor and Francis officers publish comments in the blog of Jeffrey Beall very frequently.
    Taylor and Francis publishes hundreds of academic journals, including STM journals. Because T&F is a commercial enterprise, Open Access (OA) journal publishers, especially STM publishers, are T&F’s direct competition.

    Jeffrey Beall,, your normalised use of the phrase “predatory publishers” is unwarranted, and serves merely to yoke you (perhaps unfairly) and your flawed arguments. If you know of particular instances of fraud, then you should make them known, and not use innuendo and generalisations. The statements made in your blog are laughable.

    This competition is small, but is growing, and is taking market share from T&F, and threatens to eat into T&F’s profits. If T&F suffers financially, one obvious recourse is to cut journals. Beall’s journal on library cataloguing is at risk.
    More directly, STM may be the obvious starting point for these OA publishers. If they are successful, there is no reason for them not to branch into other areas, including library cataloguing; unless, of course, they hit a wall of prejudice.
    Now, it is true that Beall does not attack all OA publishers; such attack would show his bias too openly. It is also true, however, that the only publishers he does attack are Open Access.
    And so, we return to the main issue. Academic librarians are trusted by academics around the world. By speaking out against competitor publishers, and not disclosing his link to T&F, Beall is breaking that trust.

    http://jeffreybeall.blogspot.com

    IDOSI, MEDWELL and BENTHAM OPEN have several journals in ISI Web of Knowledge, but Jeffrey Beall hates them and include them in its black list.
    Who knows better the ISI (Thomson) with thousand of scientists and analysts or the felon Jeffrey Beall?

    Spam from Fake Conferences of EUROSIS. No reviewers and no review. EUROSIS is not in the list of Jeffrey Beall. Did they pay the so-called Beall’s Tax?
    Spam from Fake Conferences of EUROSIS. No reviewers and no review, but EUROSIS is not in the list of Jeffrey Beall. Why? Did they pay the so-called Beall’s Tax? if not, Jeffrey Beall must add the dummy and bogus organization EUROSIS in his black list. Send us more complaints: predatorylibrarians@gmail.com

    http://jeffreybeall.blogspot.com

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  19. Lopez Ferreira
    February 2, 2014

    Dear Victims of Jeffrey Beall

    Speak. Speak. The President of IARIA spoke. He refused to suborn Jeffrey Beall.
    In several places of the Web you can find Petre Dini’s letter reporting the tragic truth for Jeffrey Beall…….
    Congratulations Prof. Petre Dini. Do not worry about IARIA. Everybody knows that Jeffrey Beall list is calumnious and untruth…..

  20. editor
    January 7, 2015

    Jeffrey is not dare enough to add publishers like hindawi, Elseiver etc on his list. He is not even brave enough to look at them simply because they are subscribed and seemingly he can not pay for each paper to read and find out what the problem is, let alone to write a post about them and add them on his list. In case if he does, he may not see the next sunrise. Or he may even forget his own name in less than 24 hours. He is indeed a timid Mafia who approaches only publishers and journals which are running from the third world countries or runned by people from those countries. In many of his posts,authors, publishers, and editors from developing countries have been offended drastically and their talent and capabilities, and confidence have been killed and belittled by Jeffery beall. In contrast, people who only put values and try to spread out his list are from those counties. They think that Jeffery is the descended in America and he is a holy prophet whose mission is to guide and tell people what they need to know and what they don’t. Poor them and we are sorry for those who obey him blindly. Whoever he is, people in the US, UK, Europe, Asia, middle east believe that Jeffery is not connected to scholarly work, but ruins the scholarly world. His harsh posts and illogical comments are like an online virus that aims to affect every academician. if you are an author, you could judge if a journal is valid and is worthwhile to publish or not. Don’t let people like Jeffery to influence your decision and change your mind because whatever he does is biased and in fact they are his “personal opinions” [disclaimer tab]. It is a fact that the publishers and journals are not evaluated by an expert team. How an earth do you expect people to take your blog serious, jeffery? who are you? Who has given that power to you? Are you linked to any authority or any well established organization? Although he has developed a criteria to assess journals and publisher, but we believe his criteria is predatory and vanity as he has robbed the constructs from here and there. Hence, it is strongly suggested to avoid taking beall’s comment. list, etc serious.
    Note: our discussion and argumentation does not target Misleading metrics companies and Hijacked journals.
    More info can be found in this link https://library.ryerson.ca/services/faculty/scholarly-communication/evaluating-open-access-journals/

  21. In my opinion, not all publishers in the list of Mr Beall are predators, and he even put non open access publisher in his list.

    However, I learned a lot from his blog, though I do not follow his recommendation blindly. Therefore, a am grateful to him, for the various information in his blog.

    As a researcher with “publish or perish” motto, I have my own criteria of how to choose a suitable journal to where I will publish my article. This criteria is very useful to me, but maybe not for others, especially others from different countries, as the criteria of judging a journal might be different.

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