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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

Apologies if this answer sounds trivial but it might be helpful for a student. It often depends on the funding conditions. In some of my grants, I allocate some money for publishing. This 'looks good' ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

What happens to unused money, especially money designated for a specific purpose, depends a lot on the source of the grant, the country, the university, and even the department. Sometimes, researchers ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

It's been mentioned in the comments, but not in an answer yet: impact factor is a terrible measure of both how good a journal is, and what it's reputation is. And also things like how fast the turn ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

Here's one aspect that hasn't been mentioned yet if I'm not mistaken. My university has agreements with some publishers to cover Open Access fees, however these agreements have limits, and money ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

To add a perspective I haven't yet seen in the other answers: I do intend this respectfully, but you say it yourself, "I am just a student." I have definitely provided simplified answers to ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

As the other answers pointed out, funding for publishing is sometimes not an issue. Having the same impact factor, other aspects remain: Where does the topic of the article fit better? Is the journal ...
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ERC starting grant to move back into academia

I've reviewed multiple ERC starting grants in materials/surface science and chemistry. In every case, the proposals were highly competitive, with prospective faculty that had very strong backgrounds ...
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Life as a financially independent academic

It's possible but your life will change quite dramatically. See this 2017 Nature article about it. There is a nice summary of the pros and cons, reproduced below: Pros Scientific freedom: ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

In a majority of cases such as this, I am willing to bet this is "use it or lose it" money that has to be spent by/before a specifically-set date. As an academic, I have seen - and ...
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What are my chances of being accepted into a UK Phd program with average undergraduate and masters grades?

None of us could say with any certainty what the exact odds of you getting into any program without far too much personal imformation. Regardless, it's probably more worthwhile for you to focus on ...
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