Beall's list is useful, but that is exactly where it stands. This is not logical truth.

I saw Hindawi appear in that list a couple of years ago... then it disappeared

This said, Beall's list is very important and useful, but, like DOAJ, it is not perfect.

I do not know American Scholars. Whether it should be in DOAJ or not, I do not know. Perhaps, the DOAJ people should make it a habit to check their list against Beall's, not as a way to exclude, but as a flag pointing to the need for further investigation.

Clearly, DOAJ is a (wonderful) work in progress, and I take it that Jan Szczepanski's remark is positive and meant to help DOAJ (and Beall's list) improve.

One way for DOAJ to improve would be to place journals in various quality categories that would be built on reliable indicators (no impact factor, please...). One of the main tasks of Open Access at this historical juncture is to rebuild the ways in which value is created around the results of research. The present system, based as it is on impact factors, is simply broken and perverse.

Jean-Claude Guédon


Le jeudi 13 juin 2013 à 14:50 +0200, Jan Szczepanski a écrit :
Here is a new title in DOAJ. As you can see the Publisher is World
Scholar. This Publisher is noted on

Beall’s List:Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly
open-access Publishers.

http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/

Any explanations?

Jan


American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

ISSN/EISSN: 23290781 2329079X
Publisher: World Scholars
Subject: Multidisciplinary
Country: United States Language: English
Start year 2013
Publication fee: Yes --- Further Information
License:
Added to DOAJ: 2013-06-12 13:51:41

2013/6/12 Peter Suber <peter.suber@gmail.com>:
> [Forwarding from the Directory of Open Access Journals, via the GOAL list.
> --Peter Suber.]
>
> The Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) is delighted to
> announce new selection criteria and *hereby announces that these new
> criteria are open for public comment until July 15th*.
>
> The DOAJ-team has developed the criteria and our Advisory Board
> (http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=loadTemplate&template=about&uiLanguage=en#board)
> has provided input and comments.
>
> With the growth in the number of researc
>
> h
> funders, institutional open access policies and mandates, all stakeholders
> involved – researchers (as authors and readers), research managers, staff
> managing publication funds, librarians, universities and research funders -
> need a trusted and reliable information resource that identifies good
> quality open access journals and filters out disreputable publishers.
> Equally, the former have a vested interest in not being associated with the
> latter.
>
> We have tried to construct objective criteria that can facilitate compliance
> verification easily.
>
> In order to be listed in the DOAJ, a journal must meet the following
> criteria:
>
> *
> Journal will be asked to provide basic information (title, ISSN, etc.),
> contact information, and information about journal policies
>
> *
> Journal is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO
>
> *
>
> Journal has an editorial board with clearly identifiable members (including
> affiliation information)
>
> *
>  Journal publishes a minimum of five articles per year (does not apply for
> new journals)
>
> *
>  Allows use and reuse at leastat the following levels (as specified in the
> Open Access Spectrum, http://www.plos.org/about/open-access/howopenisit/):
> - Full text, metadata, and citations of articles can be crawled and accessed
> with permission (Machine Readability Level 4)
> - Provides free readership rights to all articles immediately upon
> publication (Reader Rights Level 1)
> - Reuse is subject to certain restrictions; no remixing (Reuse Rights Level
> 3)
> - Allow authors to retain copyright in their article with no restrictions
> (Copyrights Level 1)
> - Author can post the final, peer-reviewed manuscript version (postprint) to
> any repository or website (Author Posting Rights Level 2)
>
> You may review the complete list of criteria here:
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlFw8p9XB3C6dHE3ZC1Hd2FMMjAweE96czRQb3NDbnc&usp=sharing
>
> Future submissions for inclusion in to DOAJ must include the complete set of
> information provided by the publisher. This information will be publicly
> available in the Directory. The journals currently listed in the DOAJ will
> have to go through a re-evaluation process based on the new criteria. This
> work will take place over the next 12 months or so.
>
> *DOAJ Seal of Approval* At the same time we are launching the DOAJ Seal of
> Approval for Open Access Journals (in short: the DOAJ Seal) to encourage a
> high practice standard. These journals will be identified with the DOAJ Seal
> logo.
>
> In addition to the more general criteria, above, required for inclusion in
> the DOAJ, the following criteria must be met for a journal to receive the
> DOAJ Seal:
>
> *
>  Provides machine readable copyright information to help search engines
> identify open works
>
> *
>  Provides DOIs at the article level
>
> *
>  Provides metadata to DOAJ at the article level
>
> *
>  Has a digital archiving/preservation arrangement in place
>
> *
>  Allows use and reuse at least at the following levels (as specified in the
> Open Access Spectrum, http://www.plos.org/about/open-access/howopenisit/):
> + Allows a community standard API or other protocol to crawl or access full
> text, metadata, citations, and data (including supplementary data) for
> articles (Open Access Spectrum: Machine Readability Level 2)
> + Ensures generous reuse and remixing rights (Open Access Spectrum: Reuse
> Rights Level 1)
> + Allows authors to post any version of their article to any repository or
> website (Open Access Spectrum: Author Posting Rights Level 1)
>
> +++++++++++++++++++++
>
> We are confident that the new criteria will positively contribute to the
> transparency of open access. Since open access journals are a relatively new
> phenomenon, and one that is continuously changing, we will probably have to
> revise the criteria in a couple of years to keep them current and up to
> date.
>
> To avoid any misunderstanding, we are restating DOAJ’s scope here:
>
> The DOAJ has the ambition to continue to be the white list of open access
> journals that are global in scope in terms of geography, scientific
> discipline and language.
>
> In scope: Journals that provide immediate access to scholarly articles
> without reader payment, including back-files from those journals made freely
> available after transitioning to open access.
>
> Not in scope: Single articles from subscription based journals made freely
> available under an open access option (hybrid articles).
>
> Articles from subscription based journals made freely available after an
> embargo period (so-called delayed open access – not a term in our
> dictionary).
>
> Your comments on the new criteria are much appreciated and will contribute
> toward their implementation. Comments must be received before 6pm CEST on
> Monday 15th July 2013 and should be sent to the DOAJ Community Manager
> Dominic Mitchell (dom@doaj.org).
>
>
>
> Kind regards
>
> Lars Bjørnshauge
>
> Managing Director, DOAJ
>
>
>
>
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Jean-Claude Guédon
Professeur titulaire
Littérature comparée
Université de Montréal