11 Responses to Philippines Journal Charges Two Excessive Fees, Exaggerates IF

  1. tekija says:

    So, 3,500 USD for a minuscule IF of 0.075 translates to 46,666 USD/point; in PLoS One you would get a far better (about 100 times) bargain of IF 3.234 for 1,495 USD or a mere 462 USD/point – and remember that PLoS One in principle accepts any paper that is technically correct irrespective of its importance.


  2. Derek says:

    I thought this was a very interesting post. One minor point, you state that submission fees are “rarely charged by scholarly journals”. That is not my experience. I find that many journals (especially Elsevier journals) do charge submission fees. Moreover, journals published by professional associations sometimes have submission fees for non-members that are as high as $200 (e.g., the American Economic Review). However, I agree that posting a lower one on the website is dishonest. Moreover, an additional publication fee of $3500 does seem extreme. The only time I recall seeing such high fees is where open access is only an option and not a requirement (e.g., Economics of Governance charges $3000 to make an article open access but authors have the option of not making it open access).

    • tekija says:

      Interesting. This shows there are field specific differences. In my 25-year career in medical research, I have never encountered a submission fee. After acceptance, several journal levy page charges, however. And these are transforming to flat processing charges in some of them, “thanks” to movement to open access.

      For example, one of the leading journals in my field has charged USD 125 per “printed” page (the journal is now on-line only). In the most recent issue, the median length of a paper in that journal was 10 pages, for a fee of USD 1250. For open access, an extra USD 35 per page or an average USD 350 fee applied. Shortest were 5-6 pages, for approximately half this fee, and very few were longer than 12 pages. It is a scholarly society run journal, published by one of the big publishers.

      However, as of next December:

      “For the last several years, journal authors have paid page charges for their published articles. Beginning with manuscripts submitted after December 1, 2015, there will be one flat article fee, which is the common practice for open access journals. The fee will be $1,850 if you select the CC BY-NC-ND license. If you select the CC BY license, there will be an additional cost of $500. The prices are the same for all three journals.

      I am a member. Do I get any discounts?
      Yes, for papers submitted on or after December 1, 2015, if the corresponding author is a current member at the time your manuscript is accepted, you will get a discount of $350. The Editorial Office will check for membership at the time of acceptance.”

      I reality, the journal has been open access after 6 months, so the new charge lift this embargo.

      Also, the journal retains significant rights to itself even though the authors now keep the copyright:

      “You will no longer transfer copyright and will therefore not need to sign the Copyright Transfer Form. However, we will need you to sign a License to Publish, which grants [the Society] the right to publish your article in a journal and also to reuse any of the content in subsequent publications.”

      Hence the fee – on average – will rise from USD 1,600 to USD 1,500-1,850 or USD 2,000-2,350, depending on the license and membership status, without any apparent cost increase to the journal, which requests partial rights for (apparently including commercial) reuse. Not to mention the dramatic increase for papers shorter that the average. Note it is not just the journal, the right to reuse in principle extends across all society activities.

      There is nothing the author can do, except submit elsewhere, if they do not want or are unable pay the journal for open access. Unfortunately it seems to depend largely on journal perceived prestige how much they can and dare charge for open access (and I am not thinking now of this particular example but in general). One question is also, do the levied charges cover just the journal expense, including upgrading the system etc, or does the journal income subsidize other society activities. This is most often obscure.

  3. Ahmad Hassanat says:

    wow, this would become a multi billion business

  4. Praveen Chandra says:

    They are charging too high.I recommend , not to send papers in this journal.

  5. Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva says:

    It’s about time. Here’s my experience, and nothing posted below has been redacted (only emails). Draw your own conclusions. The communications are listed chronologically down.

    “On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:22 PM, Jaime Silva wrote:
    Dear Dr. William Sm. Gruèzo,

    NOTE: 1 file is attached. Please confirm that you received this e-mail and file.

    We wish to submit a manuscript to Asia Life Sciences as an Original Research Paper.

    We look forward to receiving the manuscript number and peer reviewer comments in due course.

    All authors have approved the submission. The manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere for consideration. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.


    Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

    On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:10 AM, Dr. William Sm. Gruezo wrote:

    Dear Dr. DA SILVA,

    Acknowledge with appreciation your submission of a paper to ASIA LIFE SCIENCES (ALS). Kindly see attached set of proforma reply/information re ALS requirements from authors for their compliance in order to fast track the publication processing of the submitted paper.

    Please pay attention to the prepayment of review process fee (US$100 per submitted paper, by return E-mail through the Western Union Money Transfer Service) and publication fee (later, once the paper has passed the review and been accepted for publication). The starting publication fee is US$3,000.00 per accepted paper; author(s) will get one mint hard copy of the Journal issue and fifteen (15) reprints of the paper.

    Your immediate acknowledgment reply/action is requested.

    Thank you.

    Truly yours,

    Chairman, Board of Editors/Chief Editor
    81 Governor F.T. San Luis Avenue
    Masaya, Bay 4033, Laguna, PHILIPPINES
    Mobile No. (063) (049) 0915-360-4660
    Landline No. (063) (049) 501-2957
    28 JAN 2014

    On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:52 AM, Jaime Silva wrote:
    Dear Dr. Gruezo,

    Thank you for this notice. Can you please indicate exactly where on your web-site or PDF file the 3000 US$ fee is mentioned.

    Your immediate acknowledgment reply/action is requested.


    Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

    On Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:27 AM, Jaime Silva wrote:

    Dear Dr. Gruezo,

    We will not form part of your fraudulent business. We will contact Thomson Reuters to seek a withdrawal of your impact factor for fraudulent activity and also seek to get you listed at http://www.scholarlyoa.com/

    Please withdraw our paper immediately from consideration in ALS.


    Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

    On Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:07 AM, Dr. William Sm. Gruezo wrote:

    Dear Dr. da Silva,

    Thank you for your nasty reply. If you can not afford the review process and publication fees of ASIA LIFE SCIENCES, then it would be prudent to just simply withdraw your submission and look for a more preferred journal for your paper. You do not have any right to make any threat to the publication integrity of ASIA LIFE SCIENCES. YOU DUMMY!

    30 January 2014

    From: Jaime Silva
    To: Dr. William Sm. Gruezo
    Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2015 9:16 AM
    Subject: FRAUD: Withdraw: Fees query: Asia Life Sciences: submission

    Dear Dr. Gruezo,

    It is a shame that, for over 18 months, you and your publisher continue to mislead the academic community with misleading statements regarding the actual publication fees.

    When I submitted a manuscript in early 2014, there were no fees, yet you claimed that the fees were 100 US$ + 3000 US$. Even today, 18 months after my withdrawal, your web-site still misleads the public, stating:
    “To defray the cost of publication, author(s) of accepted manuscripts would be requested to pay a publication fee, the exact amount of which will be determined on or before printing time. Author(s) will be informed of this publication fee through notice of acceptance of their manuscripts.”

    Why is the precise fee not written?
    Why is it different for different scientists?

    And where is the editor board which has not existed for at least 18 months?

    Given these serious issues, I have decided to formally report your activities to Jeffrey Beall at http://www.scholarlyoa.com and, if no change is seen within this year, I will contact all of your authors with a copy of my submission, your fraudulent charge of 3000 US$, my subsequent withdrawal, and then your insulting “YOU DUMMY!” response.

    As the chairman of the board of editors, Dr. Gruezo, you should learn that PR and friendly language should be at the heart of your business operation, even when scientists pose challenging questions and concerns.

    There is no room for aggressive, cheating and misleading publishers.

    I wish you well.


    Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

    On Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:42 AM, Dr. William Sm. Gruezo wrote:

    Dear Dr. Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva,

    Thank you for your kind e-mail. This is a free world; hence, you are free to do whatever you want for as long you will be responsible for whatever unfriendly action you will decide to do.

    Good luck to your scientific career!

    Truly yours,

    William Sm. Gruezo, PhD
    Professor 12
    University of the Philippines Los Banos
    College, Laguna 4031 PHILIPPINES and
    Chairman/Chief Editor
    Board of Editors
    26 JULY 2015

    PS. Appended are my business cards and Table of Contents of latest issues of ASIA LIFE SCIENCES for your perusal. Thank you.”

    • Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva says:

      An updated exchange in the last 24 hours between me and Dr. Gruezo.

      “On Sunday, October 18, 2015 12:25 PM, Jaime Silva wrote:

      Dear Dr. Gruezo,

      Your advertised impact factor is false.

      Your pricing is disgraceful: from my experience, taking several factors into account, it takes about 20-25 US$ to process one paper and PDF and post it online, yet you request 3000 US$ for one PDF! I think your greed has made you blind to the actual value of a 100 US$ bill. Worse yet, your web-site continues to be misleading, not indicating clearly this value anywhere. Of course, I have the screen-shots to prove everything I claim.

      Where is your editor board, Dr. Gruezo? Why is the scientific community waiting to see an editor board even after almost 2 years (or more)?

      Do you think that if I didn’t have money to pay your deceptive company that I would have time to take a trip to the University of the Philippines? Use basic economics Dr. Gruezo, before you make a silly suggestion.

      As for alerting Philippino authorities, that will take place in due course.

      You may find our friendly exchange, to which I will addend these two emails, publicly at Scholarlyoa.com:

      Unfortunately, Dr. Gruezo, one of the sad aspects about the corruption of science is that those who are corrupting it are so deeply entrenched in their ways that they do not see, or understand, their corruptive nature. And it is up to vigilante scientists (in the words of the great Michael R. Blatt), who are vigilant, to alert the wider community, to this dishonesty.

      I hope that good sense will prevail, and that you may abandon your greedy publishing business model.

      Best regards,

      Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

      On Sunday, October 18, 2015 11:37 AM, Dr. William Sm. Gruezo wrote:

      Dr. Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva,

      You are truly a “Man of Good Deeds”. The only thing I can tell you is if you are such a brave man THEN come to the University of the Philippines at Los Banos – bring your credentials and let us meet in here and see who between us is doing good science.

      I am sure you are motivated by your own failures and that is why you are trying hard to bark the wrong tree. Kindly visit the THOMSON-REUTERS List of Journals and see if ASIA LIFE SCIENCES is NOT INCLUDED THERE! YOU are accusing a journal that has been around for TWENTY FIVE YEARS as a predatory one? JUST BECAUSE YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO COMPLY WITH ITS REQUIREMENTS WHEN YOU SUBMITTED A PAPER?

      18 OCT 2015″

      • Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva says:

        The war of words continues.

        “On Sunday, October 18, 2015 1:00 PM, Jaime Silva wrote:

        Dear Dr. Gruezo,

        At the outset, I should add that I have not YET contacted any ALS authors or any authority in the Philippines, including from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos. But I do believe that in addition to all of these authorities, that the following Philippine entities deserve to know that your business enterprise is giving Philippine academic a bad name:

        I am sorry that you do not have any other word except for “dummy” in your lexicon for me.

        Kindly note that I did not demolish your reputation. You were listed at Beall’s blog based on reports from other disgruntled and unsatisfied scientists (see the hat tip). I also do not understand how you think that one poor scientists could demolish a 25-year old publisher. That is so preposterous.

        Aggressive retaliation for bad business principles will not impress the scientific base. And it looks bad when editors call vigilant scientists dummies. As I have stated before, Dr. Gruezo, you need t brush up on your PR skills.

        You can send me PDFs with libelous information crafted by cowering publisher management figures, but one thing is clear about Elsevier’s Scientia Horticulturae: when I unmasked their editorial corruption and their farsic pseudo-ethics, I was banned. Not because of some nonsense false authorship issue, but because I was critical of the establishment, and of the corrupted editors. You may recall, had you actually bothered to do your homework, that almost half of the editor board became “replaced” just weeks after my public exposure of the ban there. Read the details, Dr. Gruezo, and do not engage in aggressive libel:

        So, it is not secret among my friends and my foes, that I have been banned. I, unlike the entities I have criticized and whose corruption I have exposed, have not been forthcoming. I have been frank about this and open, and public, and fully accuntable. But you have not.

        Why don’t you write a detailed editorial explaining not only who you are, your ideals, your work ethics and your profit margins, but then also explain, to the Asia Life Sciences community, that you have been deceiving them and cheating them. If you could publish such a frank and honest and open editorial where you are held fully accountable, then I dare say that I might actually bump up my respect for you by one notch.

        You are welcome to ban me from Asia Life Sciences if you want, but I don’t think it would do much good. Or much difference. Simply because my views will not change.

        So you may slander away and threaten all you want, Dr. Gruezo. Because only one thing remains when the scientific earth has been scorched: the facts that took place at that time. And I am not afraid of the truth. Are you?

        If not, then please show us a full list of the editor board, please:
        This web-page states: “Send manuscripts, subscription orders and correspondence to Dr. William Sm. Gruèzo, ASIA LIFE SCIENCES, The Asian International Journal of Life Sciences, 81 Gov. F.T. San Luis Avenue, Masaya, Bay 4033, Laguna, Philippines. Mobile phone no.(063) 0915-360-4660; e-mail: asialifesciences@yahoo.com

        Last time I checked, an editorial board had the list of specialists and their affiliations. Where is that list for ALS?

        In fact, I am surprised that Thomson Reters has not yet removed you from its list. But this also discredits them, and shows that their pseudo quality control is no better than yours. Worse yet, their accountability is almost zero, something I have critiqued before:

        If you have any more queries, I will be happy to take them publicly, at http://www.scholarlyoa.com if your have the courage, that is.

        I have no doubt that I have made errors, and that I have suffered some serious consequences and losses because of them. And I continue to suffer because of standing up against corruption and academic fraud. But I also have no doubt that I have played my active part in improving and furthering science and its principles. At least a little.

        Thank you in advance,

        Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

        Disclaimers: I am not associated or affiliated with Retraction Watch or Scholarlyoa.com in absolutely any way. My ideas and queries represent my position exclusively. I am not associated with any research institute or academic society and therefore have no conflicts of interest to declare.

        On Sunday, October 18, 2015 12:21 PM, Dr. William Sm. Gruezo wrote:

        Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva,

        How would you explain this write-up with you at the center of it all?

        18 OCT 2015 11:05 am”

      • Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva says:

        It’s a busy Sunday.

        “On Sunday, October 18, 2015 1:22 PM, Jaime Silva wrote:

        Dear Dr. Gruezo,

        I do sincerely appreciate your response and your open honesty. I am glad that your conscience is clear.

        So, where is the list of editors on the editor board?

        I should add that the first sentence is already contradictory. Take for example, the top page of this paper:
        It says “Full text” followed by a PDF hyperlink. So, where is the full text?

        Open access or not, misleading is misleading. If you are too busy to take care of the details, then surely you shouldn’t be in this business?

        If there are any inaccuracies, please take that up with Jeffrey Beall. It’s his blog, not mine. I am simply reporting t the public my findings and my communications with you. So that there may be a fair and balanced perspective.

        All of these ideas and exchanges are in the public’s interest.

        Again, for the nth time, I do look forward to learning about your ghost editor board.


        Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

        On Sunday, October 18, 2015 1:04 PM, Dr. William Sm. Gruezo wrote:

        Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva,

        Please be informed that ASIA LIFE SCIENCES (ALS) is a PRINT EDITION JOURNAL, not online as most other journals now are. Authors receive one mint hard copy of the Issue where their paper appears and 15 hard copy-reprints of the paper. The pdf copy of the paper is an additional one for distribution of the author. As for the Thomson-Reuter Impact Factor, due to the very busy workload I have, I do not really have time to look for changes but only a few days ago, which is now ALS IMPACT FACTOR is 0.180 (this will be reflected I the forthcoming issues). Information regarding ALS publication policy that you may have gotten are definitely outdated – as we cannot update those regularlu due to other more important works to do. Those authors interested to publish in ASIA LIFE SCIENCES make direct communication and all papers published in the mire recent volumes of this Journal are products of mutual cooperation among contributing/corresponding authors and ASIA LIFE SCIENCES. So, where is the fraud that you are claiming? Those authors were NEVER COERCED to prepay review process and publication fees. They voluntarily did so on their own free will!

        You are entitled to your opinion but as far as ASIA LIFE SCIENCES, your opinion is out of line of which you may and can CORRECT NOW. I am telling you my conscience is clear and whatever good reputation I have I will hold on to it!

        18 October 2015″

  6. Praksh says:

    Dear Doc,
    Please check this guys how they r miss using open access tag….

  7. DS See says:

    I have received complaints about this journal since Oct 2015 and have forwarded the complaints to the editorial team to look into.

    It was determined that the journal has indeed quality issues (amongst others) and it was decided that Asia Life Sciences needs to be removed from SCIE to maintain SCIE’s data quality.

    This highlights the importance of the scientific community being vigilant about these activities and the need for constant reviewing of content in databases such as the Web of Science. Constant monitoring is a massive task and no other database provider has invested in a full time team to do just that.

    Removing journals from a database is a massive decision and it affects many stakeholders. In fact, just a few days back, I was in a conference in Parsay, Philippines and it was lamented among the guest speakers that Asia Life Sciences has some good work published in it but unfortunately needs to be removed from the WoS due to other issues.

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