Dear Dr …
I write this letter to you to inform you that the journal ” ….” is listed in the Beall’s list of predatory journala at ” http://scholarlyoa.com/about”.In response to our plea to remove the name of the journal, Frontiers in Bioscience, Beall cites “Freedom of speech” as his refuge while his defamation by listing the name of journals on his list has had clearcut impact on faculty of universities who are trying to submit articles for publication in the journal, as dean’s of several medical school ban submission of articles by their faculty to a journal that exists on Beall’s list.
Beall’s list of open access publishers include publishers that are not inherently open access and while Beall was contacted to remove the name of Frontiers in Bioscience, Beall responded not to be contacted. Beall lists a plea committee on his page (http://scholarlyoa.com/other-pages/appeals/), however, he is not even responsive to allowing the plea to be submitted to such a committee. Beall’s assertion is that he publishes his reviews as a form of “free speech” and his reviews are similar to other reviews. However, in no circumstance, a reviewer does not publish the reasoning for the conclusions that are drawn. Moreover, if the intent of this list is to inform journals of their predatory action(s), then, he would give the journals the opportunity to rectify the problems that he finds to be predatory in nature. However, he neither contacts the journals before publishing their name nor he gives the reasoning for inclusion of the name of the publisher. The names of the members of his committee are also not revealed and whether such a committee exists is doubtful. Science works by peer review and to be fair, each and every manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers and if needed additional reviewers when a decision can not be reached. However, such a mechanism does not exist for the reviews by Beall. Thus, Beall violates the essence of publishing that requires fair and unbiased reviews by at least two reviewers. The comments from publishers and others (http://scholarlyoa.net/) has examples when Beall allegedly requests money when the publisher requests the name to be removed. The university where he works has been silent on this issue and the reason for such silence is not understood when one of their members is causing clear harm to the publishers who are trying to disseminate science. We have written letters to the dean and associate dean of the school at no avail and given that Beall works at university of colorado, Denver (http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/AboutUs/DeansOffice/Pages/contact-info.aspx) and lists his official telephone number at the university on his page is a clear indication that Beall’s action is being supported by the university. Critical Analysis of Jeffrey Beall’s Blog – Open Access Publishing can be found at (http://www.scholarlyoa.net/).
We would like to form a committee who can take actions regarding this list. If you are interested to serve on this committee, please send me your name, telephone number and Email address and we will contact you about nominating the members of the committee who join to oppose this list.
I would like to thank you for your courtesy and consideration.
S Tabibzadeh, MD
President and Professor
Source: Source: E-mail to publishers