Questions concerning monetary costs associated with higher education or publishing, especially those not formally considered [tuition] or not related to standard research [funding] mechanisms.

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What should I do if I cannot afford a journal Article Processing Charge?

I would like to publish an article open access, but I cannot afford the article processing charge (APC). I am based in the UK, so I do not qualify for some of the available fee reductions or waivers. ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to publish an academic article?

I am interested to know the cost of publishing an academic article. I do not mean in the simple sense of "what does a given journal charge an author to publish?" or "what does an association or ...
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Paid publication fee and now no contact from journal: what should I do?

My situation is the following: I submitted an article to a journal which appeared in Scimago, the article got accepted, and they charged a fee for publication costs. I have now paid this fee from ...
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Should I mention reimbursements for financial expenditures when first contacting tentative speakers for a workshop?

I am thinking of organizing a workshop in my field and am currently in the process of looking for potential speakers. Some of these I'll be contacting for the first time ever by email. The speakers I ...
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How can I find journals in my field that do not charge author fees? [closed]

I am in search of an algorithms journal that does not ask for publication fee. It doesn't matter to me whether it is an open-access journal or not. I have been searching for journals with no ...
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Do any legitimate conferences charge per publication?

In computer science, or at least my subfield of it, most research is published in conference proceedings. The usual procedure is to write a full article, submit it to a conference, and then if it's ...
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Relation between subscription fees and adminstrative costs

Does anybody know what the ratio between subscription fees and the real article processing charges (so actual administrative costs) is? So in other words, how much money is made out of the ...
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Elsevier open-access fee waived for subscribers?

I have recently been comparing publishers regarding their policies on double dipping (charging an open-access fee for publishing in a hybrid journal and then charging again a subscription fee). Many ...
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Are there any trustworthy Mathematics fee-based open access journals?

Some open access journals, like Integers for example, don't charge the author any fee for publishing their article. Other open access journals do charge the author a fee and the author has to pay the ...
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If I buy a research article, will I get any potential retraction statement or erratum free of charge?

If I buy a research article, will I get any potential retraction statement or erratum free of charge? Or will I have to spend additional money to obtain access to it? I see that some retraction ...
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How to calculate the rate to pay a recruiting agency for new students?

When a university allows agencies in other countries (perhaps in the same country?) to recruit students for them, as I understand it, the university will pay the agency some fee for each student ...
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When I reapply to universities which have previously rejected my applications, do I have to pay application fees again?

I applied to a few US universities last year and they rejected my application because of my low GRE scores. Now I want to reapply again to the same universities. Can you explain the process to ...
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Would a legitimate journal send unsolicited email to an author offering to feature an article in their own publication, for a fee?

I have received an email from a journal in the field of engineering saying that they found an article of mine and want to feature it in their own publications for a fee. I cannot tell if this is ...
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Do people actually buy research articles?

Research articles are often priced at 20-40 USD. I know that typically a researcher's institution subscribes to myriads of journals, and that some research articles are accessible online for free ...
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What is a reasonable reimbursement time for conference travel from a department?

In my job before grad school, I could expense items as soon as I had a receipt and I knew exactly when the money would arrive (typically the following pay cycle). In grad school, it seems to be a ...
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Is there a way to save my students money on a textbook?

I'm considering requiring a textbook that sells for $140 on Amazon. Used copies cost $95 and up. I expect about 60 students to take the course. Our students are not wealthy, and some will skip ...
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Is it ethical to ask the postdoc employer to cover my trips for visa purposes as well as my main travel fees?

I will soon start doing a postdoc in country A, and the employer says there will be a generous relocation package. My home is in country B and I did my PhD in country C. The question is: in order to ...
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Why are journal subscriptions so expensive?

What account for such high journal subscription costs? Do journals / publishers make outrageous margins, or are prices truly justified by the cost to run journals? In other words, how do their budget ...
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What is reasonable expenditure on meals during a conference?

I am currently at a conference in the US and I will be reimbursed by my adviser. I was wondering what is a reasonable per diem spending for meals? Of course I could ask my adviser directly, but I ...
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Should a speaker attend a conference where he/she is required to pay their own registration fee?

I have been accepted to present a paper at a conference in a recognised university. There is no doubt about the 'legitimacy' or public standing of this university as it is recognised worldwide. In ...
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Reference for annual journal subscription costs paid per university?

Is there any resource that lists how much each university pay in journal subscription fees? I am mostly interested in US universities (E.g. Harvard: $3.5M/year in 2014).
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What does it mean to be offered waived-fee OA publishing?

I submitted a manuscript to a journal for non-open-access publication and the editor came back and said that they want to publish the article as open-access (same journal) and waive the fee for this. ...
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Can being free of publication charge be an indication of being a non-predatory journal?

Though some serious journals charge publication fee as well, to a certain extent, can being free of publication charge be an indication, albeit not a sure indication, of being a non-predatory ...
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Is there any way to pressure textbook publishers to reduce price?

I am an instructor in a medium-sized state school in the USA. The price for the textbook to the introductory math course that I teach just increased. Again. A new, paperback copy costs 170 USD. I want ...
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What is a reasonable rate to charge for editing someone else's thesis?

I'm a PhD student in engineering. My supervisor would like to pay me to edit a colleague's thesis for grammar and form. He asked me to look around for the going rate and let him know, but I'm not ...
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Student registration fee at conferences for ex-students for work done as a student

I did some work as part of my final year undergraduate project and wrote a paper which has now been accepted at a conference. Though I am now working in the industry, I have listed my affiliation as ...
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Tax write-off for research-related expenses in the US?

I am wondering if any research-related expenses can be applied toward a personal tax write-off (in the U.S.). For example, assume I traveled to a conference or meeting to present my research, and all ...
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Is it unethical for professional societies to offer conference discounts to members?

There is a recurring pattern I see in conferences organized by several professional associations. Two different conference fees are offered, X for members and Y for non-members, with Y>X. Often, the ...
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American universities - where does all the money go? [closed]

This question is about Title-IV eligable 4 year institutions in America, the majority of which are non-profit. Colleges have a range of funding sources, including tution fees. Tuition fees have ...
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Asking a past professor to teach a workshop/short course

I would like to ask some of my former professors to come to my country and teach a small workshop, with undergraduate students, for a couple of days. I am doing this because I would like to raise the ...
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What factors determine application fees?

I have no serious need to know the answer to this question, but I'm mostly just curious (after applying for undergraduate schools 4 years ago and applying for graduate schools now). What sorts of ...
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Splitting publication fees among coauthors

What are accepted ways of splitting publication fees among coauthors, when authors are from different research groups and potentially even different institutions? Especially with open access ...
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Is there a website that lists for a set of at least 1000 journals OpenAccess fees for publishing an article?

Many journals now are open access only and every article published (authors) must pay a fee. Sometimes, this info can be hard to find. The journals does not put it visibly on the front page (next to ...
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Are professional association membership fees usually paid by one's institution?

An academic usually is a member of a professional association. E.g., a professor in meteorology can be a member of American Association of Meteorology. Sometimes, the fee can be something like $300 ...