The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience have just invoiced me $985 for a paper they agreed to publish earlier this year. This wasn’t unexpected – not only did we sign away our copyright, allowing MIT Press to make money from our work, but we did so knowing that we would pay a hefty sum to allow them to do this. It still came as a bit of a shock though.
Paying the invoice will curtail some of my research activities next year, like going to conferences to present data. I put this to the journal, asking if they’d hear my case for a reduction or a waiver. Here’s their response:
JOCN does not provide fee waivers. Page costs are stated on the submission guidelines page, as well as on the last page of the online manuscript submission so that all authors are aware of the financial obligation required if your paper is accepted for publication. These fees pay for the website, submission software, and other costs associated with running the journal. If you are unable to pay the page fees, please let us know so that we can remove your manuscript from the publication schedule.
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
What did I expect though? We willingly submitted to this journal knowing that they would charge us $60 per page. And the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience certainly isn’t alone in doing this. Most cognitive neuroscience journals are pretty good at making money out of authors (see table below – I haven’t included OA megajournals in the table). Imagers tend to have money and junior imagers, like all junior academics, still need to publish journals that have a reputation.
For what it’s worth, Elsevier journals keep their noses pretty clean. Cerebral Cortex’s publishing house Oxford Journals though… pretty much every stage of that process is monetised. Just. Wow.
|Journal Name||Journal of Neuroscience||Cerebral Cortex||Neuroimage / Cortex / Neuropsychologia||Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience||Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience||Cognitive Neuroscience|
|Publisher||Society for Neuroscience||Oxford Journals||Elsevier||MIT Press||Springer||Taylor & Francis|
|IF (2013)||6.74||8.37||6.13 / 6.04 / 3.45||4.69||3.21||2.38|
|Open Access Supplement||2820||3400||2200 / 2200 / 1800||(unknown)||3000||2950|
* There is a one-off charge for all colour figures, regardless of number.