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  1. Apr 18, 2006 #1
    How much do you have to pay if you want to publish a paper or send a letter to readers on Nature ?

    Please don't laugh at me, I truly never thought authors had to pay when they want to publish their papers till that day...:blushing:
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  3. Apr 18, 2006 #2
    I couldn't find the price they put up somewhere at their homepage, that's why..
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  6. Apr 18, 2006 #5
    There are more other journals for you to submit, nature mainly gets money from both sides: readers and authors to self-grow.
    Mags are published weekly and your name is just there for a week among a bunch of rigorous authors, truth is that your paper can't even be read.

    But hey, if you are rich, give me $3000 a week, I sure flatter you to the sky. Or you should hire someone working in news, infor corp to spread fame for you, I DO BELIEVE THIS WAY SHOULD BE BETTER THAN BEING A JERK FOR A PIECE OF PAPER.

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    What are you talking about? Almost all journals nowadays have author page charges. Long gone are the days of membership dues to scientific societies and library subscriptions being able to cover the costs of publication. In most journals, it's not a flat fee per article, but rather a fee per page, plus additional charges for printing figures in color.

    Paying doesn't get you around peer review, and you only pay if your paper is accepted and actually published.

    Why would you think that nobody would see the article? Nature is a highly respected journal and has a very high impact factor, which means a lot of other people cite the works in that journal, indirectly indicating that a lot of other people are reading that journal. Nature and Science are the two journals that are also most often accessible to the general public as well, because even small public libraries will have subscriptions to those two journals when they don't often have subscriptions to other journals. For most other journals, you have to go to a university library or have your own personal subscription. So, that means your work is not only accessible to the specialists in your field, but to the general public as well, if you publish in that journal.
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    Take note that if you are writing a LETTER, as in to respond or rebutt a paper or article published in Nature, Science, PRL, etc... that costs NOTHING. It doesn't mean that it will be published because these journals get crank letters all the time, but if it does get accepted, there's no cost to you.

    Publishing a paper is different! Whether you can afford to pay for it or not is besides the point. These are STILL peer-reviewed journals. Only after you have managed to get pass the editors, and then are approved by the referees, then your paper will be accepted for publication. Each journal has different policy and different rates. If you require color pictures/graphs, that will cost more per page than simply black&white. If you use their template and submit electronically, this can reduce the publishing cost charged to you. For Physical Review journals, while they do send you publishing costs, your paper will STILL be published even if you can't afford it!

    Most research grants include an amount of money set aside for publication costs. So it is seldom that an accepted paper does not pay for such costs.

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