May 17, 2022

Four Publishing Organizations Release “Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing”

From an Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) Blog Post:

The Committee on Publication Ethics, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, and the World Association of Medical Editors are scholarly organizations that have seen an increase in the number of membership applications from both legitimate and non-legitimate publishers and journals.

Our organizations have collaborated in an effort to identify principles of transparency and best practice that set apart legitimate journals and publishers from non-legitimate ones and to clarify that these principles form part of the criteria on which membership applications will be evaluated.

These criteria are largely derived from those developed by the Directory of Open Access Journals.  Note that additional membership criteria may also be used by each of the scholarly organizations. The organizations intend to share information in order to develop lists of legitimate journals and publishers.

We do not intend to develop or publish a list of publishers or journals that failed to demonstrate they met the criteria for transparency and best practice.

The blog post notes that the principles/best practices doc is a “work in progress” and feedback is welcome.

Direct to Full Text: Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
Contains 16 Principles of Transparency
Released on December 19, 2013.

See Also:  OASPA’s second statement following the article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (November 11, 2013)

See Also:  OASPA’s response to the recent article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (October 4, 2013)

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