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Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 25, 2015 - 11:15am

Posted without comment. Comments, though, are sought.

Beall’s List:
Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers
This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards. The criteria for determining predatory publishers are here.


Critiquing the Economic Model of Scholarly Publishing

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 2, 2014 - 7:21pm

"What makes Wiley and Elsevier so profitable? That’s the genius of it all. Their customers create everything, they charge the customers for the privilege of selling it to the publisher, and then they sell it back to their customers."


About Publishing in the Humanities

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 28, 2014 - 12:29pm


An excellent discussion about the difference between Science, Technology, Medicine publishing and Humanities & Social Sciences publishing... -db

"About publishing:
While STM publishing is almost entirely focused in journals, books play a very large role in SSH.


Publishing Strategies (from NewAPPS)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 23, 2013 - 8:42am

Publishing strategies, for those of us not Harvard Bound.


Edward Mellen Continues to Pursue Legal Action

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 29, 2013 - 8:18am


One might wonder whether the time, effort and money spent in these areas might better be used in other wings of the organization.


Cautionary Tale: Journals in Trouble

Submitted by syntaxfactory on October 23, 2012 - 12:55pm

Hannah Harvey,

October 22, 2012
Dear Friends:

After nine years and nearly 30 issues, Storytelling, Self, Society finds itself at a crossroads. Taylor & Francis, the commercial press that was our outlet from 2006 until this year, felt that revenues were not growing fast enough for their balance sheet. In the current economic climate, we have not been able to sufficiently increase institutional and individual subscriptions. So they are letting us go.


Protagoras and Open Access Scholarship

Submitted by Jim Brown on October 15, 2012 - 10:50am

Gordon Mitchell at the University of Pittsburgh recently delivered a fascinating presentation about the University of Pittsburgh's efforts with regard to open access publishing and tracking publication impact. As editor of Enculturation (an open access journal), I'm often asked how we measure the "impact" of the journal. Right now, we really only measure that by acceptance rate (15%) and by the number of unique views that particular articles get. Mitchell's talk and Pitt's recent experiments provide some new ways of thinking about these issues.


AHA Statement on Scholarly Publishing

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 25, 2012 - 8:52pm

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing

The American Historical Association voices concerns about recent developments in the debates over “open access” to research published in scholarly journals. The conversation has been framed by the particular characteristics and economics of science publishing, a landscape considerably different from the terrain of scholarship in the humanities. The governing Council of the AHA has unanimously approved the following statement.

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing


Rhetorical Distributions and More Experiments in Publishing

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 5, 2012 - 12:08pm

Dale Smith and I have decided to published our essay "The Event and the Archive: Rhetorical Distributions in Civil Society" online, and I wanted to invite the Blogora to provide feedback. This is an essay that's already been cited by one print publication, and we continue to get requests for a manuscript version (we've presented this work at two different conferences). However, we have had some trouble finding the right publication venue. So, we've decided to post what we have and to solicit feedback.