It’s only useful if it’s accessible to people who need it, after all. Cabells’ Journal Whitelist and Blacklist: Intelligent data for informed journal evaluations INTRODUCTION. Are you? This would be a self-defeating strategy. Such listings can’t be taken at face value. I have seen other resources exist for free like this, Plos One coming to mind immediately but I could probably think of a few more given more time. This is the largest database we are aware of … The fact that someone is willing to give it a try, and to try to improve the many flaws in Beall’s list is a good thing. The value of the whitelist – improved research reputation and attractiveness to funders – is hard to calculate. These journals misrepresent themselves with regard to, for example, editorial board members (claiming people as editors without permission), peer review practices (falsely claiming to provide meaningful peer review), impact metrics (mostly by lying about their Journal Impact Factor), organizational affiliations (usually claiming a relationship with a nonexistent organization), etc. https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2020/12/01/ssps-early-career-development-podcast-episode-6-ssps-fellowship-and-mentorship-programs-and-the-new-generations-fund/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=ScholarlyPub. It promised a tool that can be used by authors needing help deciding where to publish, by academics and other employers seeking to check the legitimacy of job applicants’ claimed applications or editorial board memberships, or anyone else interested in monitoring the behavior of deceptive publishers. Gasp! Original list. The Cabells Whitelist includes detailed information on over 11,000 academic journals within 18 disciplines. Following the closure of Beall’s list of predatory journals, the scholarly analytics company Cabell’s International launched their own in 2017 called The Journal Blacklist. “Advanced” searches no longer routinely fail, sending the user back to the Blacklist home page. Cabells and Inera present free webinar: Flagging Predatory Journals to Fight “Citation Contamination” November 4, 2020 November 18, 2020 Simon Linacre Academic Publishing , Predatory publishing , Predatory Reports And for those who question the necessity of such a tool, it’s worth noting that Cabell’s Blacklist currently includes almost 12,000 journals — and its list of titles under consideration for inclusion in the Blacklist comes to over 1,000 more. Rick, Further, where would Cabell’s display such ads, and who would those advertisers be? To end this discussion — I’m happy this product exists, because otherwise, post-Beall, no such list seems to have arisen. I’m especially wondering if they’re institutions so researchers can actually use it, or if they’re publishers, or other. –The concept that was suggested about integrating Cabell rankings into A and I sources sounds as if it is worth exploring. If the New York Times’ market is too small for them to be sustainable using an online advertising business model, then I suspect that might tell you something about how a specialized product for a tiny market might fare. The constant harassment and lawsuits are the reason why no one picked up his efforts when his university finally pulled the plug (said to have happened due to mounting lawsuit threats from Frontiers). But, I definitely wouldn’t want to see the “author pays” model extended to the Cabell’s list. Many academics also rely on the lists to determine if a journal or a publisher is legitimate. $57K for a yearly subscription for one library is definitely more. One technique I would recommend to researchers is to ask whether research being published in a journal is cited by reputable journals. Now it turns out that it is a matter for the discretion of the experts. They are not necessarily those held by the Society for Scholarly Publishing nor by their respective employers. UNB has access to Journalytics and Predatory Reports offered by Cabells International. 60 Thoughts on "Cabell’s Predatory Journal Blacklist: An Updated Review". What I would like is to see something like this published as a not-for-profit agency that does pay its employees fair wages and fights any potential legal battles. Most probably you are right. Thank you. PLOS One is by no means a free resource. At least any journal listed in the whitelist will not take Cabell to court for anything, hence the whitelist could be given for free, or a very small token. Have a great Weekend and Cinco deMayo. A tally of journals that an American analytics firm, Cabells, believes to falsely claim to peer-review submissions, amounted, on a recent day, to 8,699—more than double the number of a year ago. I am not sure those of us from developing countries, especially Africa can afford these charges. Its fine that the Whitelist is not comprehensive but there’s a fair number of journals appearing not on white, black, or under review. [N.B. Will this cause a re-alignment of strategy away from APCs by certain funders? If the criteria of the journal’s inclusion in the Blacklist, then maybe it must be revealed. Predatory journals cheat researchers by charging fees to publish papers but without carrying any peer-review, thus allowing even trash to be published. If a researcher asks me whether a journal is predatory, they want to know whether to publish there. Editage, aims to accelerate global scientific research communication. Like world famous Distinguished Mr. Jeffery Beall’s List of Predatory Journals and their Publishers which was and still is available ‘On-line’ FREE of CHARGES, your’s so-called ‘IMPROVED’ , revised and extended List packaged as Cabell’s Backlist SHOULD be made available FREE of CHARGE, otherwise it would be considerd as another publication came out to make money just the same way all Predatory Journals and their Publishers listed in Beall’s List. My intention was to spin-out why I wouldn’t want to see a publisher-pays APC-like model here and also obliquely raise the prospect that there might be other funding models that would make free access to the data possible – if libraries were willing to do something like subscribe-to-open (and if Cabells was willing to pursue that model – I can imagine reasons that they might not). I have good library services through my employer, but we don’t have subscription, and my local Midsize University doesn’t subscribe. We need constant training on how to detect and hopefully avoid suspicious outlets (not only journals), how to use (or not to use) such listings and strong publishing ethics to keep scholarly publishing integrity. Cabell’s blacklist of predatory journals passes 12,000. They offer English editing, journal selection and manuscript formatting. I’m really not sure it’s realistic (to say nothing of fair) to expect Cabell’s to do this work, in the way that they’re doing it, for free. The Journal Blacklist allows these key decision-makers to easily and confidently vet the publication records of candidates to ensure important positions and limited funds are protected. is this not just another attempt to commodify academia (despite best intentions)? The blacklist is new to the market and it remains unclear if it is a viable product, hence a lower price (at least until it established itself). A very quick summary for those who may — against all odds — still be blissfully unaware of what terms like “predatory publishing or “deceptive publishing” refer to: what are commonly called predatory publishers are those who lie about their business practices for the purpose of attracting paying authors. These include: The only new problem I encountered was the fact that each entry no longer includes a direct link to Cabell’s appeals policy. The Cabells list uses 65 criteria, each of which is assigned a certain number of points, to determine a journal’s legitimacy. I suggested a business model to Cabell’s back before the list launched, but so far they haven’t been able to implement it: What I want as a publisher is a tool that I can run on every manuscript I accept, a tool which will check the references in that manuscript and flag any that are to journals which are on the blacklist. The primary strengths of Cabell’s Blacklist product remain the same as they were two years ago. (Though, yet more lawsuits?) E.g., was the publisher contacted, but no reply was forthcoming about matters of detail relating to inclusion in either the white or black list? Personnel at Cabell’s use a transparent list of over 60 behavioral indicators when screening journals, and they update their criteria as needed. 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If you have an actionable plan to create a free version of this list, I’m sure all here would love to hear it (I offered a business model above that would work if the technological difficulties can be overcome). This seems to have gone off the rails a bit. suggest you ‘may’ be acting as Marketing Agents for selling Cabell’s Blacklist, etc. And how many people are paying for it? You don’t discuss what that means in your analysis. Although it is not clear what role/share Cabell´s has in this partnership. Another important point to keep in mind is that the Journal Blacklist is not just for those who ‘know the journals that matter,’ but it is also for those who may not. Join us to learn more about these and other key resources while getting familiar with the new Cabells brand identity and website interface. Or do you have other indirect arrangement for reward with company? We are constantly monitoring the scholarly publishing landscape to refine our services and policies to address the fluid nature of the industry and to meet the needs of the community. Each element listed is assigned a score based on the severity of the offense. Predatory publishing is a bane of Russia, India, Indonesia etc, not some Ivy League (or would-be Ivy League) private US universities, but the pricing is suited only for them. Cabell’s has a third product beside the “Whitelist” and “Blacklist”, namely “Author Services” https://cabells.editage.com/. The Cabell’s Directory established in the late 1970s was a more neutral tool, one that made no particular representation as to the quality of the journals included. Cabells' Predatory Reports is a paid subscription service featuring a database of deceptive and predatory journals, and a database of "verified, reputable journals", with details about those journals' acceptance rates and invited article percentages. That shifts the issue away from IFs of citing journals, to author quality or article quality metrics, solely. Oh, and selling online advertisements to cover costs is not a realistic business model. I’m not sure where you took that quote from (“each element listed is assigned a score based on the severity of the offense”) — it’s not from my review. The price tag for this list is predatory; it does not matter how you spin it. These threats, and the legal costs incurred, are likely the main reason why no one was willing to take on the responsibility post-Beall. That’s interesting because I think that the blacklist has more obvious value (avoiding losing money to scams) than a whitelist. Then my editors can raise questions about the reference with the authors. 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That said, should academics and their institutions be paying such prices for what could potentially be a flawed whitelist / blacklist? Violations in a category are analyzed against other violations in that same category and each is given a score based on how serious it is compared to the other violations in the category. International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking (IJBDCN) Show 22 Indices | View Journal. To me, the so-called predatory publishing issue is worse than it was several years ago with some major players offering what I call “Gray-Lit Journals” that produce articles with a good veneer of reputability: nice layout, doi numbers, in CrossRef, indexed in Google Scholar. The common feature of all such journals is that instead of rigorously evaluating and vetting submitted articles, they will instead publish anything submitted as long as the author is willing to pay an article processing charge (APC). International Journal of Business Intelligence Research (IJBIR) Show 13 Indices | View Journal. For instance, Beall called out MDPI and Leonid Schneider reported that a Frontiers executive engaged in a sockpuppet anti-Beall campaign (https://doi.org/10.11613/bm.2017.029; and https://forbetterscience.com/2017/09/18/frontiers-vanquishers-of-beall-publishers-of-bunk/). The index in each Directory helps you match the characteristics of your manuscript to the topic areas the journal emphasizes, as well as bibliometrics, journal ranking and acceptance rate. Journal Blacklist violations are placed in one of three categories (Severe, Moderate, Minor) based on the level of severity and how directly they relate to deceptive behavior. If others follow suit, the publisher will either lower the price or stop providing the service. This information should really be thought of as meta-data. But being angry because someone isn’t willing to give their hard work and investment away for free does not solve the problem. What an amazing thought! GENERAL INFORMATION. Without knowing specifics of this quote it is difficult to comment, but this would not have been a quote for the Blacklist alone. A total score over 100 is the threshold for including a journal on the Journal Blacklist. A 2015 study by researchers at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland found that “predatory” publishing skyrocketed between 2010 and 2014, during which the number of scholarly articles published in journals on Beall’s list increased nearly tenfold. Publicly accusing a person or business of fraud is serious business, and should not (IMO) be done anonymously. English editing costs between $200-500 for a 3000 word document depending on the level of . First, what journal is going to pay to be blacklisted? These problems are compounded by a lack of accountability; with Beall’s List, at least the person characterizing journals as predators was doing so under his own name and taking responsibility for doing so. So strange. This policy establishes the criteria for identifying deceptive, fraudulent, and/or predatory journals for inclusion in Cabells Predatory Reports. Some of the inclusion criteria are still somewhat ambiguous and unclear; however, this problem has been significantly mitigated by the addition of new, more concrete criteria and by the sorting of those criteria into tiers of seriousness. It would of public interest to find out one way or other early-on. The Cabell’s journal directory assists authors in their publication journey by providing an interactive, searchable database which covers 18 distinct academic disciplines from more than ten thousand international scholarly journals. And why they are in the grey list. I suspect the intended parallel to PLOS is that reading is free. Think how useful it would be as a Crossref data point. May be it is beyond the comprehension of the Company (which want to sell rather than distribute it freely as a public service) what public service especially for the Academia means. The mission of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is to advance scholarly publishing and communication, and the professional development of its members through education, collaboration, and networking. Joseph, I did not bother to fill out all the required fields for journal selection to get a quote, but one of them was “What is the desired impact factor range?”. And is it possible to be included in the Blacklist only on account of the criteria of, for example, MODERATE group? Well yes, of course. Most notably, these include: In addition to these important strengths, I can now report that some the problems I reported in 2017 have been resolved. One answer to that is whether any experts in their field takes the journal seriously. Rick Anderson is University Librarian at Brigham Young University. And, I also don’t want competing publishers to be able to pay a fee to nominate for the blacklist. SSP established The Scholarly Kitchen blog in February 2008 to keep SSP members and interested parties aware of new developments in publishing. Our pricing varies based on the size of the institution, duration of the subscription, and of course, the products/disciplines included (i.e. Through careful analysis of these and similar behaviors, we developed a scoring rubric that is applied in the investigation of each journal. Ah, thanks. Cabell’s doesn’t assign scores to its various inclusion criteria, though it does categorize the criteria as either “minor,” “moderate,” or “severe.” So in practice, what it looks like is that each entry for a blacklisted includes language that says which of the criteria led to its blacklisting. Publishers Standalone Journals Vanity Press Contact Other Hello. But the value of the blacklist is easy – how much money did your institution lose to scammers last year? Resources like PLOS One don’t “exist for free”; they’re paid for by people other than readers. This information needs to be easier to find. If you want a free list, then I would ask you where you will find the legal and financial support for the efforts, and how much of your own unpaid time you’re willing to devote to running it and dealing with these issues. It is hard to see any company taking on such risk and costs without recompense, and Cabell’s saw a market opportunity and is trying to fill that niche, and good for them. Actually Cabell´s do sell advertising : https://www2.cabells.com/advertising The Cabell’s International Blacklist covers approximately 12000 titles, significantly expanding the resources offered to scholars to manage the predatory journal threat. The journal is open access but no information is given about how the journal is supported financially (i.e. Doesn’t say much for us as a species when it comes to long-term thinking. If you seriously think that the market for a journals blacklist is of similar scale to the market for Google, Facebook, and YouTube, then there’s very little reason to continue this discussion. author fees, advertising, sponsorship, etc.). That is a very good point. America knows Donald Trump made many claims, and the whole world knows how many of them are true. “PRODUCTS”!!! Cabells has now investigated and verified over 10,000 individual titles for inclusion into its Journal Blacklist. Which weighting is for this or that criterion and how much score will be critical? I still recommend that these be expanded, and would particularly urge Cabell’s to make it possible to search by violation type. 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