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Posted February 20, 2016

Backlash over journals blacklisting

Backlash over journals blacklisting Researchers on social media are split over the decision of predatory librarian Jeffrey Beall to add the Frontiers journals to his ‘blacklist’ of “questionable publishers”.

Beall, at the University of Colorado Denver, announced the move in a tweet, saying that it followed “wide disapproval from scientists”.






His website Scholarly Open Access maintains a list of journals that may be “predatory publishers”  

Critics of Beall’s blacklisting of Frontiers maintain that the open-access publisher is reputable and does offer proper peer review.

Daniël Lakens, an experimental psychologist at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and an associate editor at Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, tweeted: “Frontiers being added to Beall’s list reveals the big weakness of Beall’s list: It’s not based on solid data, but on Beall’s intuition.”  

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