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COPE, DOAJ, OASPA and WAME release revised ‘Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing’ -

Four key scholarly publishing organizations, COPE, DOAJ, OASPA and WAME, have released the revised Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing. These guiding principles are intended as a foundation for best practices in scholarly publishing to help existing and new journals reach the best possible standards.

The fourth edition of the Principles represents a collective effort between the four organizations to align the principles with today’s scholarly publishing landscape. The last update was in 2018, and the scholarly publishing landscape has changed since then. Guidance is provided on the information that should be made available on websites, peer review, access, author fees and publication ethics. The principles also cover ownership and management, copyright and licensing, and editorial policies. They stress the need for inclusivity in scholarly publishing and emphasize that editorial decisions should be based on merit and not affected by factors such as the origins of the manuscript and the nationality, political beliefs or religion of the author.

This new version provides more detailed instructions on achieving journal transparency, including more specifics on describing peer review practices, publication ethics policies, and author fees. As with previous versions, it emphasizes practices achievable by journals regardless of resources. This version has been thoroughly reorganized for easier use.

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