Scholarly Open Access
Failed Extortion Attempt
On July 10, 2014 OIDA received a telephone call from
Denver, Colorado, USA from a caller demanding one million U.S.
dollars along with a threat to blacklist the Agency and IJSD
Journal. The Agency did
not discuss details with the caller and disconnected the call.
The Agency confirmed that caller was a Jeffrey Beall.
On July 15, 2014 the article that appeared on the
http://scholarlyoa.com website made numerous allegations against the
Agency and IJSD Journal. These allegations were written by the
so-called, self-proclaimed journal critic Mr. Jeffrey Beall. OIDA
denied all allegations. OIDA also strongly believed that there was a
strong link between the extortion attempt and Mr. Beall’s
OIDA IJSD Journal’s editorial board clearly posted on the website
and Journal has no practice, “pay more publish more”. The Agency
has established a “partner in publishing” with Social Science
Research Network (SSRN). There are over 2000 institutes partnered
with SSRN that even publish their work. IJSD journal has been
publishing its articles on SSRN since 2010. The Agency’s objective
is to provide rapid, worldwide distribution of research to authors
and their readers and to facilitate communication among them at the
lowest possible cost.
Beall’s “Open access Google detective” work found that the
agency was located in a residential area. The Agency's operation
centre however, is
instead located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and provides a 3200
square feet facility for its operation. In order to be
cost-effective in the Agency’s operation, our staff accommodation
and operation centre were integrated. OIDA operation center is equipped with modern technology and are capable of handling our
Agency is more than welcoming and issues an open invitation to Mr.
Beall to visit the headquarters. The Agency hopes that Mr. Beall
accepts our invitation. Note: As of July 27, 2014 Mr.
Beall never contact our agency.
IJSD Journal requests publication rights from authors in order to
mitigate legal issues and comply with Canadian privacy laws and
plagiarism claims. But
IJSD Journal does not request exclusive copyright transfer for
publications. If any legal issues arise, OIDA takes responsibility
of its publications on IJSD Journal. Therefore IJSD Journal
publishes under Ontario International Development Agency and ©Authours
et al. .
order to publish online, creative common licenses are not required.
This is Mr. Beall’s own opinion but it is unsustainable in
Canadian law and international publication standards.
Quality of publications depends on quality of research, but not on
the authors from India or elsewhere. Researchers from over 80
countries including Canadian researchers publish their work on IJSD
Journal. (As of February 17, 2015, IJSD journal delivered over
downloads free of charge. updated on February 17, 2015) Whether
or not the Agency makes a profit has no relation what-so-ever to the
quality of publications.
Beall’s major concern is based on profits and this hints at a
reasonable connection to the extortion attempt.
Released on July 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM EDT
Posted by Friends of Open Access