The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the SILS Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill commend Jeffrey Beall, our alumnus and colleague, in his courageous and vigorous efforts to advance fair and equitable scholarly publishing. Scholars, publishers, and librarians must work together to ensure that new knowledge is made available to humanity speedily and equitably. Mr. Beall, through his blog (Scholarly Open Access: Critical Analysis of Scholarly Open-Access Publishing http://scholarlyoa.com/), advocates for open access publishing models that fairly reward producers and distributors for their efforts to broadly share new knowledge. His list of publishers that use questionable pricing, review, and processing models is open to discussion by all interested parties, and these discussions serve the common good. We encourage librarians, scholars, and their professional associations to defend and support Mr. Beall and all librarians, scholars, and publishers who work for fairness in scholarly publication.
School of Information and Library Science and SILS Alumni Association
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill