“No Author Fee” Open-Access Journal Bills Author for His Accepted Paper

Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine

Annals of Misrepresentation

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

Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine 2

They very clearly state there are no fees.

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:

Dear [Redacted],

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.

Best Regards,

Se Hee Jung

Associate Editor,

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.

16 Responses to “No Author Fee” Open-Access Journal Bills Author for His Accepted Paper

  1. Reblogged this on Blog do Pedlowski and commented:
    No mundo do “trash science” as coisas nunca são o que o editor predatório anuncia. Esse é o caso abordada nesta postagem do Prof. Jeffrey Beall.

  2. Koushik Pal says:

    Sir, would you have look at this portion of the Indianjournals.com. They say the journals are Open Access. But I did not find them OA. They charge subscription. What kind of practice is this? Please visit http://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=open_access_publications_list

    • IndianJournals.com is not a publisher. It is an aggregator. It brings together in one place journals from many different publishers. Some of the journals are open-access, some are subscription.

  3. herr doktor bimler says:

    The publication cost is charged about whole editing process including the manuscript editing and English editing.

    See, English editing is so expensive that the publishers can’t afford to apply it to their own sentences.

    Although your article does not contain any color pictures, we do post all the papers and pictures in color on the web.[…] Therefore you have to pay the cost for publication of your article in the ARM.

    “My hair is a bird. Your argument is invalid.”

  4. Pradeep says:

    Respected Sir,

    I would like to know if these ,as per below are predatory in nature.

    Thank you, sir.

    Pradeep
    International Journal of Trade and Global Markets
    International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies
    International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance
    Review of Integrative Business and Economics Research

    • The first three journals you list (International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance) are all published by a firm called InderScience. This is a low-quality subscription publisher, and because it’s not an open-access publisher, it’s outside the scope of my work. I think few libraries subscribe to this firm’s 400 journals, so if you publish your work in one of them, few will ever see it. The last journal you list, the Review of Integrative Business and Economics Research, apparently used to be published by the Society of Interdisciplinary Business Research, which appears to have changed its name to the Society of Integrative Business Research and which appears to have sold the journal to someone else. I will re-evaluate the journal but in the meantime recommend that you avoid it. It was never a strong journal and appears to have an easy acceptance and is largely ignored by most.

    • Joro Paveto says:

      The problem with this publisher is that no one will read your paper (except the other participant in some conference- many issues of some of their journals are dedicated to conferences even if it is not always clear).
      Otherwise they do not charge any fees and by the way recently my paper submission to one of their journals has been rejected. So there is a peer review, unfortunately the rejection was not well justified but anyway … I also reviewed two papers for indescience- the editor followed my advice. The quality is low but there is a peer review and the reason for the low quality is not predatory practices but the fact that they are unable to publish important papers.

  5. Wesam Bhaya says:

    Hello
    It is Q2 SCOPUS !

  6. Dave Long says:

    Sorry, but I feel you never miss a single chance to stigmatize OA. It is clearly mentioned on http://www.e-arm.org/ > Instructions for Authors > 2) PAGE CHARGES >There is no page charge except for color printing. For color printing, a fee of KRW 200,000 will be charged per page.

    KRW 200,000 is equal to US$174 approx. In the bill all charges are related to Pictures except Postage. It is ethical for authors to pay Postage. So total bill of US$239.51 for Pictures and Postage is justified.

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      ‘There is no page charge except for color printing.”

      Evidently the publishers regard black and white as colours.

    • Harry Hab says:

      Pay attention to the details of the case at hand. The authors opted out of color _printing_. The journal publishes in color on the web (_online_), which comes at negligible extra cost and is a choice made by the journal. If you think this unasked-for “service” deserves that price tag, you know next to nothing about academic publishing – or maybe you do, in which case you are simply trolling.

  7. Reinhard says:

    “arm” in german means poor. Such poor journals have to resort to all kind of tricks to get money.

  8. Phillip Helbig says:

    Folks, read the text. The article doesn’t even contain any colour pictures! So, even if there is an extra charge for publishing in colour on the web (which is not logical, but maybe somebody charges it), that still doesn’t apply in this case.

    • Phillip Helbig says:

      Looking at the bill, it explicitly says “web color”. Since there is no extra cost involved in this, charging for it seems like a trick, especially if there are no color figures in the paper!

  9. Sun Huh says:

    I found the article in Scholarly Open Access at https://scholarlyoa.com/?s=Annals+of+Rehabilitation+Medicine.
    In this article, Annals of rehabilitation medicine (ARM) was treated as a predatory journal. I contacted editor, Dr. Jung. She told me that it was a wrong announcement in the homepage. After I informed her, the content was fixed as below immediately:

    [Minimum page charges and additional fees for reprints will be due for every manuscript. Costs for printing color illustrations are charged to the authors regardless of a member or a non-member. All published manuscripts become the permanent property of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine and may not be published elsewhere without written permission.
    Page charges – The Society depends on the payment of page charges to offset the cost of publication. Payment of 10,000 Korean won/page is required.
    Open access – Charges to make articles open access are free.
    Color charges – Color figures in print cost 15,000 Korean won and black and white figures in print cost 10,000 Korean won each. Color print charges are 150,000 Korean won per every 16th printed page. Authors may opt to have figures printed in black and white but produced in color online. If the author elects to have online color figures, the author will be additionally charged 5,000 Korean won per figure.
    Manuscript editing charges – Manuscript editing charge is 150,000 Korean won per article.
    Additional charges – Authors can be charged for paper offprints and delivery if necessary.]

    ARM is not unprofessional and exploitative publication journal that Indian author mentioned. It is the official journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine. It is also indexed in PMC/PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/1767/), and SCOPUS, KoreaMed, KoreaMed Synapse. It launched from 1977. I have consulted editors of ARM since 2010. Editors are all volunteers for official journals of the society. They did not receive any honorarium. APC was only used for the editing and publishing. Cost is reasonable: about 100 US dollars per page. Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine is the executive board society of the Korean Academy of Medical Science, the official organization of all medical societies in Korea. It is also member journal of the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (http://kamje.kr). Dr. Bang, editor and Dr. Jung, associate editor are top-notch physicians and researchers in Korea. They are all faculties of Seoul National University College of Medicine, leading medical school in Korea.

    I heard that Indian author did not pay the APC: therefore, the article was not published. If it is real unprofessional and exploitative publication journal, why so many authors in Korea and abroad publish their articles form ARM? This society never want to earn money. Most of publishing cost were also provided by the society. APC US 100 per page is not enough cost for publishing one article as you know. No editors in Korea receive the honorarium during their editor job. No medical journals from Korea are published by commercial companies. Therefore there is no predatory medical journal in Korea. Of course, there is no predatory scholarly journal in all fields in Korea. All journals are evaluated by National Research Foundation for their quality and timeliness. All medical journals from Korea have been published by scholarly societies or no-profit organization and most of them were supported by the Government. ARM was also supported by Korean Government through the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies.

    My carelessness caused this affair. I asked editors to add submenu on APC in the journal web site. At time, I gave the routine announcement format that was used by many medical journals in Korea. For example,

    [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 so-called platinum open access journal]

    It is my mistake not to confirm the APC of ARM exactly. Many medical journals do not receive any APC. For example, http://jeehp.org, http://e-epih.org, http://kjme.kr, and http://e-eht.org/. Above announcement was dispatched to company that worked for journal homepage and uploaded without the confirmation by editor.

    Sun

  10. eman araby says:

    this journal is only open access or both free and open access or what

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