The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) produces guidelines and documents that assist publishers, editors, and editorial board members in conducting themselves ethically and professionally in the management and business practices of scholarly journals. One of COPE’s documents is entitled “Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.” The document, which very first appeared online in late 2013, was produced in cooperation with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open-Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). It can help scholarly authors evaluate journals prior to submitting articles, accepting editorial board service, or performing ad hoc peer reviews.  Many open-access publishers seek memberships or listings in respected organizations such as the DOAJ and[…]