Cabell’s International publishing blacklist
An interview with Kathleen Berryman
Keywords:blacklists versus whitelists, open access, predatory behavior, unscholarly publishing
On January 15, 2017, a blog that was maintained by a US librarian, Jeffrey Beall, was suddenly shut down. That blog was famed for its divisive and controversial content, namely two blacklists that in essence labelled open access journals and publishers as “predatory”. Beall showed that the entries on his lists increased annually, yet several publishing entities that had been blacklisted by Beall felt that they had been unfairly listed, causing, in some cases, reputational damage. In the vacuum that ensued in academic publishing quality control, a few entities tried to fill the gap to serve as a warning to academics. One of the organizations that stepped in was US-based Cabell’s International, which created a blacklist of journals that did not fulfill their established criteria. This brief communication reports on a structured interview that was held in June of 2017 between the author and Kathleen Berryman, Cabell's project manager. Some perspectives on Cabell’s whitelists and blacklists are provided.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g. in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
The points concerning acknowledgment in clauses 1 and 2 are waived if an author chooses to publish work under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license. This waiver in no way affects standard academic conventions for the need to cite prior work.
If you have any queries about the choice of license, or which to discuss other options, please contact us at email@example.com