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February 18, 2013
Another Publisher Threatens Suit Against A Librarian For Blog Comments
What is it with Canadian plaintiffs and libel lawsuits against librarians? Inside Higher Ed reports that the Canadian Center for Science and Education (CCSE) is threatening to sue Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and scholarly initiatives librarian at the University of Colorado Denver over inclusion in a list of predatory publishers. Beall’s criteria are fairly extensive, but include elements such as an author having to pay for publication; a questionable editorial staff; vague contact information; editorial practices that do not match those from publisher associations; and evidence of author misconduct such as plagiarism. The CCSE takes umbrage that some of its titles makes Beall’s list. The letter states that being on the list leads to a natural tendency to injure our client’s reputation” and promises legal action in a California court.
This is on the heels of the Edwin Mellen Press suing librarian Dale Askey, associate librarian at McMaster University in Canada with similar accusations. See previous LLB posts The Curious Case of Edwin Mellen Press and Academic Librarian Sued For Dissing Publisher In A Blog Post for more details and opinion. More recent developments on the Edwin Mellen press case are available in this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education and this one from Inside Higher Ed. I recommend the comments from both stories.I can’t speak for the Canadian litigation but anything done in the United States would likely lead to discovery requests aimed at author contracts, editorial practices and the like. I think this may be another “be careful what you ask for” situation. [MG]
Is it true? Do you have a prove of it?
Well, some of the publishers listed are really bad, but I believe that there are also publishers/journals that pretty good, not open access and do not ask fee from authors, which are on the list.
Further, reading his blog and giving comments in his blog give me the feeling that he does not like if someone disagree with him.
I posted some comments that were contra to some of his opinions, and my comments were blocked or did appear for a while and then disappeared. I used another name, and it worked at first, but now both names were blocked.
Jeanne Adiwinata Pawitan/Galuh Sarasvati
Posted by: jeanne adiwinata pawitan | May 15, 2013 12:21:00 AM
Jeffrey Beall work as a librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver, in Denver, Colorado. He maintains a list of open access journals and publishers.
He includes lot of good journals as list of Predatory publishers in his web page. He will write rubbish about the journals for particular period of time then email the publisher for negotiation. If the publisher agrees to pay him, he will remove the publisher from his predatory list. Since the growing and well reputed open access journals is taking the revenue of closed access publishers, he has been doing this scam for a long time and is backed by closed access journals community.
For example he black listed Hindawi and Versita Open and after “negotiation”, he removed the publishers name from his black list. This guy publish his “great research” works with the help of his supporters. He had published an article in “XYZ” and it can be accessible in the Internet.
The readers posted comments about his real face and “XYZ’s websites. Since XYZ is a strong backer of him, removed those comments from its web pages. THE XYZ is a one of the leading closed Access Publisher
Posted by: laura | Mar 19, 2013 9:26:15 AM