December 5, 2020

The Charleston Advisor Publishes Q&A Interview With Jeffrey Beall on Open Access Publishing

A person we’ve mentioned several times on infoDOCKET in recent months (see below) is Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Beall writes about and compiles/maintains a list of “questionable” (aka predatory) open access publishers on his Scholarly Open Access blog.

In the July 2013 issue of The Charleston Advisor, George Machovec (Managing Editor of TCA), interviews Beall about open access and predatory publishing.

The Charleston Advisor is a fee-based publication HOWEVER the complete interview with Beall is open access, available to all, no subscription required. 

Here’s one exchange from the interview.

Q. What are predatory publishers, and how do they “prey”?

A. Predatory publishers are those that unprofessionally abuse the gold Open Access model of scholarly publishing. That is to say, they set up their operations mainly to attract the article processing fees that authors are required to pay under the gold OA model. The authors then become their main customers (not the readers), and the business is set up to attract authors and the fees they pay.

The complete interview is available (HTML or PDF; no sub required) via links on this page.

See Also: Publisher Threatens Librarian Jeffrey Beall With $1 Billion Dollar Lawsuit (May 15, 2013)

See Also: Scholarly Publishing: Jeffrey Beall’s List of Predatory Open Access Journals Featured in NY Times Article (April 8, 2013)

See Also: Another Publisher Has Serious Problems with a Blog Post Written by a Librarian (February 15, 2013)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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