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I saw the following in a journal homepage at http://www.pphmj.com/journals/jpanta_author_information.htm

Print Charges: To defray the publication cost, authors are requested to arrange print charges of their accepted papers at the rate of US$ 40 per page from their institutions/research grants, if any.

I don't understand the meaning of if any in the above sentences. I have a paper with no grant. Should I pay any thing?

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    It means "We don't know anything about scholarly publishing and we don't care, just give us your grant money" – Cape Code Apr 19 '17 at 12:21
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    $40 per page?! – Lightness Races in Orbit Apr 19 '17 at 15:17
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    $40 per page (or even more) would have been pretty standard in the last century. But nowadays (as noted) unusual. – GEdgar Apr 19 '17 at 15:35
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    The first google result for "journal page charges" shows that, as recently as 2011, The Astrophysical Journal (which has a top-10 impact factor for astronomy and astrophysics) charged $110 per page. They've changed to "quantum" charges, but the concept is the same. No reason page charges should be considered indicative of poor practices. – Mike Apr 19 '17 at 16:13
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    The Journal of Neuroscience is one of the top journals in my field and the main journal of the Society for Neuroscience, the biggest professional organization in the field. Publication charges are $1260 for members and $1890 for non-members. I'd estimate about 15 pages is fairly typical for a research paper in that journal, so that's about $100 per page. – Bryan Krause Apr 19 '17 at 16:23
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In my field (political science), a non-open access journal that charges publication fees clearly raises a red flag. But apparently publication fees in other fields are common for subscription-based journals (see comments). It might be just a coincidence then that Pushpa Publishing House is a predatory publisher that appears on "Beall's List".

Don't publish with this journal.

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    Note that although this particular journal may be disreputable, page charges are common in some fields even in the most reputable, well-read journals. Therefore I wouldn't say page charges themselves are indicative of a predatory publisher. – Bryan Krause Apr 19 '17 at 14:55
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If you are at any institution or if you have any grants, these should be used to pay the print charges.

If you don't have these, it implies you pay the charges out of your own pocket-- if you want a printed version of your paper, that is.

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    "if you want a printed version of your paper, that is" Nothing in the text seems to say that. – JiK Apr 20 '17 at 10:26
  • @JiK what does "print charges" refer to then? – astronat Apr 20 '17 at 10:42
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    @astronat It could be an euphemism for "fee we want from everyone, and we can't just write that" ... ie. even without print version, they get 40 per page – deviantfan Apr 20 '17 at 11:02
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    @JarkoDubbeldam: I guess they want to make authors authors think about the money as grant money rather than their own money. People are typically much more willing to spend money when they don’t think of it as their own. – PLL Apr 20 '17 at 17:09
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    @PLL We can ask for high amounts, because its not your money but the money you got for doing research. Gotcha. Sounds a lot like everything in science, like lab supplies. – JAD Apr 21 '17 at 7:14
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Another way of reading the sentence is:

If you have an institution/research grant, then the page charges of $40 per page can be paid from that - otherwise, you as the author are required to organise payment the page fee from other funding sources.

  • Even then... other funding sources, but if you have none, I'm guessing they waive entirely. – Fred Douglis Apr 27 '17 at 17:40
  • Possibly, but that information is not clear from the original question. – user70612 Apr 27 '17 at 18:59
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    I conclude it from the terms requested rather than required and the use of "if any". But you're right, it is not certain. – Fred Douglis Apr 27 '17 at 19:28

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