WIKIMEDIA, MODA group of scholarly publishing organizations has laid out guidelines to help weed out non-legitimate open access journals. The move comes as these organizations have seen an increase in applications for membership. News reports have also revealed the sometimes shoddy practices at some of these new publishing houses.
Paul Peters, the president of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), told Inside Higher Ed in an e-mail: “While many of these new publishers are doing an excellent job in adhering to the commonly accepted set of best practices, we do see a number of membership applications coming from publishing organizations that are not going as good a job, either because of a lack of knowledge about appropriate publishing standards or possibly due to a lack of interest in certain cases.”
The guidelines, set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), OASPA,...
According to COPE, “In the event that a member organization is found to have violated these best practices, OASPA/DOAJ/COPE/WAME shall in the first instance try to work with them in order to address any concerns that have been raised.” If the publisher doesn’t comply, its membership will be terminated.