Subscription Journal Retroactively Imposes Page Charges

The Journal of Reproductive Medicine

Unwelcome page charges.

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:

The Journal of Reproductive Medicine

Nightmare for authors.

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

4 Responses to Subscription Journal Retroactively Imposes Page Charges

  1. IANAL, but isn’t this a classic case of changing a contract after signing it (accepting the submission)? I’m guessing there’s probably some clever legal construct that allows the journal to get out of this, but I’d be interesting to see what some university’s legal departments might have to say about this.

  2. tafandrew says:

    You listed several journals that are unacceptable.For fairness,let us have the list of journals that are acceptable world wide. Thank you Andrew Tafamel,PhD

  3. Ahmad Hassanat says:

    the real capital in publication business is the author, without his contribution there will be nothing to be read, and no customers at all for the business. those authors should encouraged and paid for instead of asking them to pay, this is nonsense.
    there are millions of publication companies move to them and publish some where else.
    when there is some thing in the market become very expensive suddenly, boycott IS THE ANSWER.

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