Guidelines

As part of the Core Practices, COPE has written guidelines on the following:

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General guidelines

Guidelines for managing the relationships between society-owned journals, their society, and publishers

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

COPE is just one of a number of organisations that is seeing a large rise in applications for membership from new journals. Although we very much want to encourage and support legitimate new journals, we are also mindful that many new journals are not currently sufficiently transparent about their business practices and authors in particular may be unable to judge the legitimacy of these journals. Therefore, together with OASPA, DOAJ, and WAME, we have compiled a minimum set of criteria that journals will be assessed against when they apply for membership at one of our organisations. Read the full criteria and we welcome your feedback. We encourage authors and anyone else who is unfamiliar with a journal to use these criteria in assessing a journal.

Princípios de Transparência e Boas Práticas em Publicações Acadêmicas (Portuguese)

Principios de Transparencia y Mejores Prácticas en Publicaciones Académicas (Latin American Spanish)

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Guidelines for the Board of Directors of Learned Society Journals

Guidelines for editors

A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors

Guidance for Editors: Research, Audit and Service Evaluations