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Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing version 3

Criteria on which membership applications are evaluated.

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) are scholarly organizations that have seen an increase in the number, and broad range in the quality, of membership applications. Our organizations have collaborated in an effort to identify principles of transparency and best practice for scholarly publications and to clarify that these principles form part of the criteria on which membership applications will be evaluated. 

We encourage its wide dissemination and continue to welcome feedback on the general principles and the specific criteria. 

Principles of Transparency