Spotlight on Jeffrey Beall: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Tuesday, October 22

Jeffrey Beall


  • M.A. (English), Oklahoma State University, 1987
  • M.S.L.S. (Library Science), University of North Carolina, 1990

Current Position

  • Scholarly Initiatives Librarian / Associate Professor, Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2005-2012)
  • Member, Program for Cooperative Cataloging liaison to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Subject Analysis Committee (2010-2012)

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • In 2013, Beall's well-known list of predatory publishers prompted a few of the publishers on the list to threaten him with lawsuits.
  • Beall combines his interest in digital photography and Wikipedia by photographing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado, and uploading them to the corresponding pages in Wikipedia.
  • Beall is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has lived in five states and four foreign countries.

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