I have served as a reviewer for allied academies and decided to submit an article myself, but couldn't find any info regarding APCs. After some months I was told that my article is accepted and I have to pay a huge amouth of 1406 Euros (sorry but I do believe it's an insane amount of money I can't give especially for a journal without an impact factor). I wrote to the editors and accountant I want to withdraw the manuscript for it is impossible for me to pay (this is more than 2 times my salary), so they asked me how much can I pay, and I honestly answered that so far I have never paid more than 100 USD (my university can not help me in paying the manuscript). So today I have received an email stating: "Following the standard practice of Open Access publishing, an author is obligated to pay the processing charges for the submitted manuscript after acceptance. If you would still decide to withdraw the paper, we request you to bear the expenditure incurred by the publisher. We ensure you that we will retract the Article from Website after processing the withdrawal charges of USD 119$. This is the minimum fee and maximum discount given to the Author." Sorry but why should I have to pay anything? It's not like they have paid the reviewes (I have never been paid for that)... I really don't understand the situation. If I pay they will withdraw the article if I do't then what? They'll publish it?
Don't pay them a penny/euro
This is a scam. Cut all ties with this journal/company. I've never heard of any reputable journal charging thousands (or even hundreds) to publish an article.
In the future google the journal name first. There is also
to help filter out scam publishers.
Rules of thumb for vetting publishers
1) Don't pay to get published. Journals generally work on a subscription method where subscribers pay administration overhead.
2) If you do have to pay, it should be a conference paper with a date, and location. Some conferences require that at least one of the paper's authors attend. Be sure there are a date and city attached.
3) Paper retractions/withdrawals are generally big deals triggered by incompetent or unethical research practices. Fees associated with this would obviously be a hindrance to accurate reporting by authors.
Edit: You're not the only person this has happened to. See https://web.archive.org/web/20130903150917/http://www.jfdp.org/forum/forum_docs/1013jfdp1040_1_032912094346.pdf