A LOOK AT OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATION AND A SPECIFIC CRITIQUE OF BEALL’S LIST OF “SO CALLED” PREDATORY JOURNALS

Martin S. Fiebert, Ph.D.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State University, Long BeachAbstractThe Internet has changed all aspects of communications,including the publication of academic research. Currentlyapproximately 10,000 open access (OA) journals exist in manydisciplines. Although OA provides a rapid turn-aroundpublication time and reaches a wide readership, somecontroversy has arisen. Questions include fees that OA journals charge for publication and their “peer review” practices.
Chiefamong OA critics is Jeffrey Beall [1] who has compiled a list of9,219 open access journals that he terms “preda tory .” This paper questions Beall’s approach , examines some of the issuesin OA publication, and offers evaluation of OA journals.
Keywords: Library Science, Open Access journals, Beall’s list, peer-review.
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