This site aims to benefit academics in general but particularly early-career scholars who may be unfamiliar with scam open access publishers. It provides lists of publishers and conference marketers that lie, cheat and steal. In other words, those that have come to be known as ‘predatory.’ Although it continues Jeffrey Beall’s project from where he left off in 2017, which is now out of date and has lost most of its practical utility, it is not a ‘new Beall’s list.’ By definition, only Beall himself could provide that. Nonetheless, it could not have been devised and developed without Beall’s seminal influence. The Scholarly Outlaws lists are simplified, modernised, transparent, and above all justified. They are kept recent (within three years of the present) and presented in a readily understood way. Detailed information about the criteria used to assess the (un)ethical standing of the listed publishers can be found on the home page.

The lists will provide university librarians and policy makers with the information and evidence they need to upgrade their coverage of predatory publishers for the benefit of their academic communities.