Beall's List shut down!?

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I just noticed this item in Nature.
Librarian Jeffrey Beall won’t say why he has unpublished his widely read blog.
I only found out because I noticed on the arxiv that a paper titled "Can the Many-Worlds-Interpretation be probed in Psychology?" had apparently been approved for publication in the "International Journal of Quantum Foundations", and I want to know whether this is a predatory journal.
 
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I want to know whether this is a predatory journal.
How about the Internet Wayback Machine?
 
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I don't know if it is predatory, but "International Journal of Quantum Foundations" is not an acceptable journal per our standards, It does not appear in Thompson Reuters, so it cannot be discussed here.
 
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How about the Internet Wayback Machine?
Thanks -- yes it's still archived there. Latest useful cache date is 12-Jan 2017.

I didn't find mention of the IJQF, which claims to be a new kind on blog-like journal. Apparently it's published by Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Under its "submit" tab it says:

IJQF said:
Premier members of IJQF can publish papers in the journal for free. For other authors of accepted papers, paying article processing charge is mandatory. The charge is $500 USD for authors with grant funding and $250 USD for authors with no grant funding.
I'm not sure what to make of it. Sounds iffy to me, but I'm no expert in this sort of thing.
 
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Thanks -- yes it's still archived there. Latest useful cache date is 12-Jan 2017.

I didn't find mention of the IJQF, which claims to be a new kind on blog-like journal. Apparently it's published by Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Under its "submit" tab it says:

I'm not sure what to make of it. Sounds iffy to me, but I'm no expert in this sort of thing.
It's not acceptable here. It's not recognized by Thompson Reuters, it's an "Open internet journal".
 
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It's not acceptable here. It's not recognized by Thompson Reuters, it's an "Open internet journal".
OK, thanks. (I wasn't proposing to discuss the content here -- it sounds like crackpottery to me.)
 
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OK, thanks. (I wasn't proposing to discuss the content here -- it sounds like crackpottery to me.)
I figured as much, it was just an FYI.

Sad that Beall's list is gone.
 
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Why not archive it here on PF? Seems like a good thing to do.
 
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Why not archive it here on PF? Seems like a good thing to do.
It would expose GregB to far too much risk and grief. In any case, old versions can be found on the Internet Wayback Machine as V50 suggested earlier. Also, it's unclear what Beall's future is. The article suggested he's going to join some other organization.

In any case, having a "white" list such as Thompson-Reuters, rather than a "black" list like Beall's, is probably better and more legally durable in the long term.
 

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