Flag PCI/CDI Content That Appears on the Beall's List as "Potentially Predatory"
We have noticed that certain content in the PCI/CDI overlaps with content listed on the Beall's List of Predatory Journals and Publishers (https://beallslist.net/). For example, all journals by Iris Publishers and Crimson Publishers that are indexed via CrossRef are indexed in the ALL CrossRef Collections and Rest of CrossRef collections not specified. However, discovering this information on our own is very time-consuming. Could Ex Libris systematically flag PCI/CDI content that appears on the Beall's List as "potentially predatory" so that institutions could more easily decide if they would like to include this content in their Primo instances?
Thank you for raising this important issue.
We are aware of the issue surrounding content defined as predatory and will remove any content that has been determined to be predatory from our products.
For more information please see: https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Primo/Knowledge_Articles/Predatory_Publications
Predatory Publishing is also an issue in Alma:
We noticed that the Alma collections "Free E-Journals" and "Open Access Digital Library" include portfolios of journals and publishers that are generally considered predatory, e.g. the OMICS Group.
Therefore we started a Salesforce case and Ex Libris deleted these portfolios.
Some excerpts from Ex Libris' answer:
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We've found that the predatory journals examples were added to 2 collections:
# Miscellaneous e-journals and Open Access Digital Library.
Miscellaneous e-journals collection content is contributed by the customers community, it's not owned and managed by Ex Libris.
In order to prevent contribution of the predatory journals by customers, we'll update the CKC contribution article and will add a recommendation for reference of the predatory journalsCabells blacklist, before publishing.
# Open Access Digital Library content is supplied to us directly by the provider and is loaded automatically to Alma CZ.
We'll contact the Open Access Digital Library provider in order to report the issue and to make sure that they consult the predatory journals black list before the title list publishing to Ex Libris.
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(1) Collection OPEN_ACCESS_DIGITAL_LIBRARY is removed as well as the relevant portfolios from Free E-Journals.
(2) Regarding the discussion in the working group meeting, the issue was discussed with the working group:
1. Ex Libris loaded content
i. We can remove this, if/when determined by Beall's list that this is considered predatory.
ii. We try not to load this content in the first place, rather than needing to flag it via Ulrich's.
2. Customer contributed content
i. This we cannot remove and need to approach the institution to request that they remove the content, but we cannot enforce this.
ii. We will be adding a section to the Contribution Article pointing to Beall's list and indicating that we do not recommend loading this content.
Please see the following article for additional information:
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