May 22, 2022

Jeffrey Beall Adds Chinese Publisher to His List of Questionable Publishers

From the Scholarly Open Access Blog:

Jeffrey Beall writes:

I have added the Chinese publisher MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) to my list of questionable publishers. This is not a decision I have taken lightly.

He goes on to list seven reasons (nearly 900 words) on why he decided to add MDPI to the list.

Here are two of those reasons.

  • The publisher cleverly uses the names and reputations of legitimate scholars, including Nobel laureates, to make the operation look more legitimate and accepted than it really is. The publisher claims that that several Nobel Laureates serve on its editorial boards, but one investigation found that they didn’t realize they were listed.
  • Because its mission is to earn as much money as possible through article submissions, the publisher regularly accepts questionable papers, resulting in a kind of “controversy of the month” for MDPI that draws attention – both wanted and unwanted – to the publisher.

Beall includes an example of a recent controversy.

Read the Complete Blog Post, Chinese Publisher MDPI Added to List of Questionable Publishers

Direct to Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers

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