I have approached Jeffrey Beall to get his valuable suggestion for researchers and some details regarding the stand-alone journal and publisher. He has accepted my request and respond quickly to answer for interview questions. I would like to give some details about him and his website.
About Jeffrey Beall
Jeffrey Beall is the founder of scholarlyoa.com. He works as a librarian at Auraria library, University of Colorado Denver. He has vast experience in the field of meta – data, full – text searching and information retrieval. He has listed predatory journals and publishers in his website and the list has been extensively used by researchers. He has published many research papers and served as a member of the editorial board of reputed journal.
1.Your blog became a reference guide for researchers. What may be the reason for publishing the list of journals and publishers in your blog?
The purpose of my blog and its lists is to help honest researchers avoid becoming the victims of predatory and low-quality publishers. The blog aims to provide helpful information to researchers. Many low-quality and predatory publishers only want to earn easy money from researchers by charging them to publish in their journals.
2. Is there any way to restrict stand-alone journals and publishers?
In most countries, including my country, it is almost impossible to restrict publishers and journals. They enjoy the privilege of freedom of the press. We value this freedom and don’t want to remove it, even for bad publishers. The best strategy is to inform researchers which publishers to avoid.
3.Many indexing portals are mushrooming in the web to provide impact factors for the journals. How to restrict them?
Good question. Again, I have not been able to figure out a way to stop this growing problem, the problem of fake impact factors. The best thing is to share information and help researchers make good decisions, spotlighting the bad journals and related corrupt practices.
4.Can you share your metrics to evaluate the journals and publishers?
The criteria I use for evaluating scholarly open-access publishers and journals are here:
5. Are there any tools available in the web to verify the identity of journals?
Some people prefer to use whitelists. These are curated lists of good journals. One of these is DOAJ, the Directory of Open Access Journals. There are various advantages and disadvantages of both whitelists and blacklists. Whitelists such as the DOAJ often contain predatory journals because their evaluation methods are poor, incomplete, or outdated. Also, new journals, even good ones, take much time before they appear on whitelists.
6. My last question, kindly provide some suggestion for the research community
Do honest research, and try to get your research published in the best journals possible. Remember that an honest peer review process can take time, and it also takes time to revise papers following the suggestions of reviewers. Please use the information on my website, http://scholarlyoa.com, for help in identifying weak and predatory journals and publishers.
Jeffrey Beall, MA, MSLS, Associate Professor
Scholarly Communications Librarian
University of Colorado Denver
1100 Lawrence St.
Denver, Colo. 80204 USA
Thank you, Jeffrey Beall, for spending your valuable time for my blog readers. I hope that readers will utilise your suggestions for their research activities.