Format Aside: Applying Beall's Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of Both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Joseph D. Olivarez, Stephen Bales, Laura Sare, and Wyoma vanDuinkerken. Jeffrey Bealls blog listing of potential predatory journals and publishers, as well as his Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access (OA) Publishers are often looked at as tools to help researchers avoid publishing in predatory journals. While these Criteria has brought a greater awareness of OA predatory journals, these tools alone should not be used as the only source in determining the quality of a scholarly journal. Employing a three-person independent judgment making panel, this study demonstrates the subjective nature of Bealls Criteria by applying his Criteria to both OA and non-OA Library and Information Science journals (LIS), to demonstrate that traditional peer-reviewed journals could be considered predatory. Many of these LIS journals are considered as top-tier publications in the field and used when evaluating researchers publication history for promotion and tenure.

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altmetric score

  • 37.16

author list (cited authors)

  • Olivarez, J. D., Bales, S., Sare, L., & vanDuinkerken, W.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Olivarez, Joseph D||Bales, Stephen||Sare, Laura||vanDuinkerken, Wyoma

publication date

  • January 2018