New list of predatory journals/publishers (comment)

Margaret DeLacy's picture


A website is now running that offers a replacement for the old Beall's lists of predadory journals and predatory publishers, which were taken down some time ago.  The compilers of the lists have stated that they are and will remain anonymous, to protect them from retaliation and harassment.  They have also invited members of the academic community to contribute to the list.

This presents a dilemma:  it is easy to see why compilers of such a document might want to remain anonymous, but it does undermine the validity of their work when they cannot be held personally responsible for their editorial decisions.  What recourse can a publisher or journal have when they have been unjustly classified as "predators?"  On the other hand, without the cloak of anonymity, would anyone be willing today to offer this informaiton as a free public service?