“Mr. Askey is not the only librarian to face a potential lawsuit for voicing an opinion about academic publications.
The Canadian Center of Science and Education is threatening to sue Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, after he included the center and three of its related companies on his blog’s list of journals he considers to be “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers,” which take advantage of academics desperate to get their work published. In separate blog posts, Mr. Beall details why he believes the companies are misleading.
The Canadian center, which is based in Toronto, is asking for the companies to be removed from the list as well as $10,000 for legal fees and damages, according to a letter from the center’s lawyers obtained by The Chronicle.
If Mr. Beall does not comply, he will be “subject to a civil action,” the letter stated.”