Answered By: Tom Reinsfelder
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2017     Views: 171

As you may know, there was a previous list that attempted to classify journals as possibly "predatory" or otherwise questionable, or ones to avoid. This was called Beall's List, and was maintained by Jeffrey Beal, a librarian at the Univ. of Colorado.  This list is no longer available and Cabell's is now attempting to do something similar. Beall's list was the subject of controversy as some journals and publishers ended up on his list that probably shouldn't have been there, and some journals/publishers that should have been on the list were not. Additionally, just because a journal is poorly run or unpopular, that does not mean it is predatory or acting in bad faith - although, there are certainly some scam publishers out there that we all need to watch out for. And just because a journal is brand new and hasn't had time to build up an audience (and impact metrics) that doesn't automatically mean it is a bad outlet for a particular article. 

Whether or not the library will add this new "blacklist" from Cabell's will depend largely on the quality, usefulness, and uniqueness of the product, as well as the cost.

A review of this new product is available.
Cabell’s New Predatory Journal Blacklist: A Review (7/25/17)

Think, Check, Submit is a resource that is quite helpful when thinking about journal selection. Possibly more effective than any blacklist.

Finally, in addition to Cabell's, when considering publication options, you may want to take a look at the Ulrich'sWeb directory of periodicals, Journal Citation Reports and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). 


What is DOAJ?

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that indexes high quality, peer reviewed Open Access research journals, periodicals and their articles' metadata. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access academic journals that use an appropriate quality control system and is not limited to particular languages or subject areas. The Directory aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access academic journals—regardless of size and country of origin—thereby promoting their visibility, usage and impact.

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