The South Korean journal Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine (ARM) claims on its website that authors are not charged any fees, but one author received a bill after his paper was accepted for publication.
On its website the journal clearly states,
There is no author’s submission fee or other publication related fee since every cost for the publication process is supported by the publisher; therefore it is the [sic] platinum open access journal
The website even links to this blog and a post here that explains the platinum open-access model, free to authors and free to readers.
However, the evidence shows that the journal billed one author from South Asia after his paper was accepted. A PDF copy of the bill is here, with identifying information redacted at the author’s request.
The author wrote to the journal and asked why he was being invoiced given the journal’s stated policy of no author fees. He received this reply from the journal:
Thank you for your question.
The publication cost is charged about whole editing process including the manuscript editing and English editing.
Although your article does not contain any color pictures, we do post all the papers and pictures in color on the web. (As you don’t want color pictures, your pictures are printed in black and white on papers.)
Therefore you have to pay the cost for publication of your article in the ARM.
Se Hee Jung
Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
This nonsense reply is unprofessional and abusive. It directly contradicts what is stated on the journal’s website and leads one to wonder what other abusive practices the journal engages in.
I recommend that researchers avoid submitting manuscripts to the Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine. It is an unprofessional and exploitative publication and it may be beyond rehabilitation.