The Journal of Reproductive Medicine is a subscription journal published by Science Printers and Publishers, Inc., based in St Louis, Missouri. The journal angered many of its authors recently.
Without warning, the journal imposed an $80 per-page charge, even though it is not an open-access journal. So it will receive income from both subscriptions and page charges. The new page charges also apply to papers currently in press.
Authors of papers in press received an unsigned memo informing them of the new charges and offering them two choices, pay a discounted charge of $50 per page, or withdraw the manuscript. Here is a screenshot of part of the memo:
I’ve heard that some of the authors caught in this trap feel like they are victims of extortion. As of this writing (October 26, 2013), the journal’s “Checklist for authors” page does not mention the fee.
We encourage The Journal of Reproductive Medicine to revisit the retroactive application of this fee.
Appendix: Full copy of the publisher’s letter
Hat tip and thanks: Dr. Michael Carson