Taylor & Francis (T&F) is a commercial company. Why did Taylor & Francis (T&F) gave an editorial position to Jeffrey Beall?
Why did Taylor & Francis gave this position to a person without M.Sc. and without Ph.D.? Obviously, because they (T&F) receive something from Jeffrey Beall: His continuously support from his blog and the extermination of almost all the Open Access Publishers.
T&F is a also a disgusting and nasty Spammer. Taylor and Francis has accepted several fake papers in the past.
Additionally, Taylor and Francis officers publish comments in the blog of Jeffrey Beall very frequently.
Taylor and Francis publishes hundreds of academic journals, including STM journals. Because T&F is a commercial enterprise, Open Access (OA) journal publishers, especially STM publishers, are T&F’s direct competition.
Jeffrey Beall,, your normalised use of the phrase “predatory publishers” is unwarranted, and serves merely to yoke you (perhaps unfairly) and your flawed arguments. If you know of particular instances of fraud, then you should make them known, and not use innuendo and generalisations. The statements made in your blog are laughable.
This competition is small, but is growing, and is taking market share from T&F, and threatens to eat into T&F’s profits. If T&F suffers financially, one obvious recourse is to cut journals. Beall’s journal on library cataloguing is at risk.
More directly, STM may be the obvious starting point for these OA publishers. If they are successful, there is no reason for them not to branch into other areas, including library cataloguing; unless, of course, they hit a wall of prejudice.
Now, it is true that Beall does not attack all OA publishers; such attack would show his bias too openly. It is also true, however, that the only publishers he does attack are Open Access.
And so, we return to the main issue. Academic librarians are trusted by academics around the world. By speaking out against competitor publishers, and not disclosing his link to T&F, Beall is breaking that trust.