Predatory scholarly open-access publishers

From PHD Designer Ken Friedman:

“It was with shock and sadness that I learned today that Jeffrey Beall’s list of predatory publishers is no longer.

This is unfortunate for the field — Jeffrey Beall performed a great and valuable service. Given the problems in so many fields with the avalanche of crank journals and predatory publishers, I understand his decision, but I lament it.

For every research field — including our own — it is time to discuss the ways that people can determine on their own whether a journal is predatory or a conference is bogus. Open access publishing by serious publishers under the same conditions as paywall publishing offers a useful approach for some journals, but the flood of problem journals and predatory publishers is causing untold damage and destruction.

Many of us have used Beall’s list every day. We sent students and colleagues to the list for up-to-date advice. This leaves a massive gap in the field, and Beall’s work will be irreplaceable. I cannot imagine anyone with the capacity to replace Beall’s list — and I cannot imagine, given the repeated attacks on his good name and his character, that anyone will dare to step up.

Since reading this news, I have been sitting here, stunned. I feel the way I felt when the Taliban blew up the great Buddhist monuments.

A global mob of barbarians and pirates found a way to use the university system to open a cash flow spigot, turning earnest young researchers into suckers, and flooding the world with garbage publications. Beall created a solution, at least for those who did not wish to benefit from the corrupt predatory system. Over the past three or four years, the number of enterprises in this corrupt business has quadrupled. To me, this was a monumental effort. In the history of mankind, it may not be remembered in the same way that we remember destroyed monuments and looted archeological treasures. But for those concerned with the integrity of research publishing, Beall’s List was a high point at a low moment in history.”


Applied Ergonomics
Creativity and Innovation Management
Computer-Aided Design
Design and Culture
Design Issues
Design Management Journal
Design Philosophy Papers
Design Science
Design Studies
Digital Creativity
Empirical Studies of the Arts
Ergonomics in Design
Human-Computer Interaction
Human Factors
Information Design Journal
Interacting with Computers
International Journal of Art & Design Education
International Journal of Design
International Journal of Product Development
International Journal of Sustainable Design
International Journal of Technology and Design Education
International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing
Journal of Design History
Journal of Design Research
Journal of Engineering Design
Journal of Interior Design
Journal of Material Culture
Journal of Mechanical Design
Journal of Product Innovation Management
Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces
Materials & Design
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
Research in Engineering Design
Sciences du Design
She Ji. The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation
The Design Journal
The Journal of Design, Business & Society
The Journal of Sustainable Product Design
The Senses & Society
Visible Language
Visual Communication

LAST LIST  from Bealls:

Update July 2017: On the other hand, Beall is often seen as a bully within librarian communities. If you haven’t read this article, I’d encourage you to check it out:

It offers another perspective on what we should be focusing on around open access.