Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed reported today that Beall’s list of Predatory Publishers is no longer available online, disappearing from the Internet on Sunday January 15, 2017 without comment or explanation.
Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, created the lists in 2008. They grew to include thousands of journals and publishers that Beall alleged exploit open-access publishing for their own profit — for example by spamming researchers with invitations to publish their findings or present at conferences, then pocketing publication or registration fees while providing little or no quality review. Beall populated the lists based on 52 criteria he developed.
According to Inside Higher Ed, the pages that contained the lists now read, “This service is no longer available.”
With thanks for the reminder from a reader’s comment, an archived version of the list from just a few days prior to its removal is available via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Alternate, updated resources remain available, including: DOAJ, Open Access: Finding Open Access Resources, Evaluating Online Scholarly Journals for Quality, and Think, Check, Submit (with thanks to Cristine Fruin, University of Florida’s Scholarly Communications Librarian).