'Predatory' Online Journals Lure Scholars Who Are Eager to Publish

'Predatory' Online Journals Lure Scholars Who Are Eager to Publish 1

Benjamin Rasmussen for The Chronicle

Jeffrey Beall, metadata librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, keeps a running list on his blog Scholarly Open Access of what he calls "predatory" publishers and journals. He said he has identified about 50 so far, and comes across a new one nearly every week.

Amy L. Reynolds, an associate dean at Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication, had never heard of the Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism when she first received an e-mail soliciting submissions for it. But she took a quick look at the journal's Web site, recognized some friends and colleagues on its editorial board, and sent a note about the publishing opportunity to all of her school's graduate students.

That's a decision Ms. Reynolds says