Applying Beall’s Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals

Article of interest:

Joseph D. Olivarez, Stephen Bales, Laura Sare, and Wyoma vanDuinkerken. “Format Aside: Applying Beall’s Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals.” College and Research Libraries 79, no. 1 (2018): 52-67.

Cornell Open

"Cornell Open is the new global open access portal for classic out-of-print titles from the distinguished catalog of  Cornell University Press. Funded by the newly created Humanities Open Book Program, a collaborative effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell Open offers for the first time open access to key titles in literary criticism and theory, German studies, and Slavic studies."

From the Web: Progress in Open-Access Publishing for Digital Scholarship

Book Channel readers will note with interest a story from Inside Higher Ed about progress made by Lever Press toward its first publications later this year. Launched in 2016, Lever Press is a new initiative to publish rigorous academic works that were "born digital" and intended for access online.

Accessible scholarship (comment)


If you have ever tried and failed to obtain a legal copy of a scholarly publication, you know how frustrating it can be. It is more than twice as frustrating to obtain a copy and then discover that you cannot read it because of its format.  If you have normal eyesight but have struggled to read a microscopic and unenlargeable book or .pdf on your phone, you can understand how annoying it is to confront this problem every day.

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Further discussion of censorship in China (comment)


Our sister H-Net network, H-Asia, has a follow-up post by Elizabeth Redden sharing links to recent comments on censorship of academic work in China and on Chinese efforts to control scholarly communication about China overseas. 

You can find the H-Asia post here:

Call for Proposals: Studies in Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV St Andrews & Lynne Rienner Publishers)

The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (University of St Andrews) and Lynne Rienner Publishers are proud to announce a new series,

Studies in Terrorism and Political Violence

Books in this series will address the essential features and shifting intricacies of contemporary political violence, providing:

What We Know and What They Know: Scholarly Communication, Usability, and Un-Usability

Dylan Burns (Utah State University) considers the usability of library collections and what librarians should do in light of students and faculty use of SciHub:

"We as librarians shouldn’t  “teach” our patrons to adapt to our obtuse and oftentimes difficult systems but libraries should adapt to the needs of our patrons."

WSU Press launches its first Open Access Titles on WayneOpen.Org

Wayne State University Press "has digitized a selection of backlist titles for Open Access distribution... Titles selected for the project fall into several sub-topics that reflect current programs: industrial and labor history, maritime history, Detroit history, Jewish history, Holocaust studies, Israel and Middle East studies, and biographies of significant individuals."

To view the list, visit Wayne Open.


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