As with any professional field, journal publishing and editing have standards available to which any publisher or editor can conform. Three journal standard organization of note are recognized as authoritative and as having important standards for journals in their respective areas.
The flowcharts on handling ethical publication problems, based on the Code of Conduct, are also quite useful (see link provided). These have a CC BY ND license and are available in multiple languages.
A journal whose editor(s) is a member of COPE has guidance on ethical practices and is expected to follow a specific code which emphasizes quality and integrity. A link to a list of members and publisher members is also available on this page.
The OASPA offers online seminars on a variety of topics, a licensing FAQ, and an annual international conference for the OA publishing community. Most importantly, OA publishers who are members of the OASPA have passed the Membership Criteria and must continue to adhere to the OASPA Code of Conduct. A link to a list of member organizations is available on this page.
The World Association of Medical Editors or WAME is a nonprofit voluntary association of editors of peer-reviewed medical journals from countries throughout the world who seek to foster international cooperation among and education of medical journal editors.
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