Pay-to-view blacklist of predatory journals set to launch

Private firm says its watchlist of untrustworthy journals will be objective and transparent — but not free.

(31 May 2017) The blacklist is dead; long live the blacklist writes Andrew Silver in Nature. Five months after a widely read blog listing possible ‘predatory’ scholarly journals and publishers was shut down, another index of untrustworthy titles is appearing — although this version will be available only to paying subscribers.

Scholarly-services firm Cabell’s International in Beaumont, Texas, says that on 15 June it will launch its own list of predatory journals: those that deceive their authors or readers, for example by charging fees to publish papers without conducting peer review. The firm described its work on 31 May, at the annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing in Boston, Massachusetts.

The previous, now-defunct, list was run by academic librarian Jeffrey Beall of the University of Colorado Denver.

Read the complete article by Andrew Silver in Nature.