The Ethical and Academic Implications of the Jeffrey Beall (www.scholarlyoa.com) Blog Shutdown
A very important event took place on January 15, 2017. On that day, the Jeffrey Beall blog (www.scholarlyoa.com) was silently, and suddenly, shut down by Beall himself. A profoundly divisive and controversial site, the Beall blog represented an existential threat to those journals and publishers that were listed there. On the other hand, the Beall blog was a ray of hope to critics of bad publishing practices that a culture of public shaming was perhaps the only way to rout out those journals—and their editors—and publishers who did not respect basic publishing ethical principles and intrinsic academic values. While members of the former group vilified Beall and his blog, members of the latter camp tried to elevate it to the level of policy. Split by extreme polar forces, for reasons still unknown to the public, Beall deliberately shut down his blog, causing some academic chaos among global scholars, including to the open access movement.
KeywordsBlack versus white lists Open access Predatory behavior Unscholarly publishing
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of interest
The author supported Beall’s blog because it needed to raise awareness of the unscholarly OA movement, but was highly critical of Beall’s methodology to achieve that objective.