Jeffrey Beall’s anti-open access tirade

I came across this one. On the one hand it seems written in a serious tone. On the other hand, the claims are so ridiculous that it is hard to believe it is sincere. Some quotes below.

Abstract: While the open-access (OA) movement purports to be about making scholarly content open-access, its true motives are much different. The OA movement is an anti-corporatist movement that wants to deny the freedom of the press to companies it disagrees with. The movement is also actively imposing onerous mandates on researchers, mandates that restrict individual freedom. To boost the open-access movement, its leaders sacrifice the academic futures of young scholars and those from developing countries, pressuring them to publish in lower-quality open-access journals. The open-access movement has fostered the creation of numerous predatory publishers and standalone journals, increasing the amount of research misconduct in scholarly publications and the amount of pseudo-science that is published as if it were authentic science.

The open-access movement is really about anti-corporatism. OA advocates want to make collective everything and eliminate private business, except for small businesses owned by the disadvantaged.

Similarly, a movement that tries to force out an existing technology and replace it with a purportedly better one also never succeeds. [now who can think of just a single counter-example to this bizarre claim?]

The open-access movement was born of political correctness, the dogma that unites and drives higher education. The open-access advocates have cleverly used and exploited political correctness in the academy to work towards achieving their goals and towards manipulating their colleagues into becoming open-access advocates. One of the ways they’ve achieved this is through the enactment of open-access mandates.

I’ll stop here… You can download it and read the rest if you desire more of the same.