(Jeffrey) Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, has somewhat by accident, found himself at the center of the controversy. … Beall’s list provided guidance to the scholarly community on where not to publish. It also drew criticism from people who felt unfairly maligned, such as Gedela, who threatened Beall in 2013 with a $1 billion lawsuit, calling the blog a “deliberate attempt to defame” Omics. Gedela never followed through. But Beall says he shuttered his blog “under pressure” from his university in January, a claim the institution disputes.
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