"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it”” “Winston Churchill"
"Jeffrey Beall is a metadata librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, but he’s known online for his popular blog Scholarly Open Access, where he maintains a running list of open-access journals and publishers he deems questionable or predatory. Now, one of those publishers intends to sue Mr. Beall, and says it is seeking $1-billion in damages. The publisher, the OMICS Publishing Group, based in India, is also warning that Mr. Beall could be imprisoned for up to three years under India’s Information Technology Act, according to a letter from the group’s lawyer. Mr. Beall received the letter on Tuesday from IP Markets, an Indian firm that manages intellectual-property rights."
"Jeffrey Beall, a research librarian at the University of Colorado in Denver, has developed his own blacklist of what he calls “predatory open-access journals.” There were 20 publishers on his list in 2010, and now there are more than 300. He estimates that there are as many as 4,000 predatory journals today, at least 25 percent of the total number of open-access journals. “It’s almost like the word is out,” he said. “This is easy money, very little work, a low barrier start-up.” Journals on what has become known as “Beall’s list” generally do not post the fees they charge on their Web sites and may not even inform authors of them until after an article is submitted. They barrage academics with e-mail invitations to submit articles and to be on editorial boards."
"The following 32 articles, published in six well-respected Emerald LIS journals, are in Open Access as part of our “special partnership” with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Under this agreement, papers that have their origins in an IFLA conference or project, have the opportunity to be published in one of Emerald’s LIS journals and become open access nine months after publication."
"A particular criticism is of the CC-BY licence (Attribution, and re-use permission for any legal purpose, by anyone), which seems to be held up as destroying academic freedom. In the last week or two the rubbish has included “CC-BY allows discussion by Neo-Nazis” (Nottingham Trent University) , “CC-BY makes possible to create dangerous drugs” and many examples of loss of control."