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Academic journal feels the heat over 'page fees'

A BEIJING-BASED academic economics journal has been accused of publishing articles by anyone who paid it.

Business Modernization is estimated to have collected nearly 10 million yuan (US$1.46 million) in "page fees" last year by selling the 400 pages of each edition of the magazine. The journal is published three times a month, China Youth Daily reported yesterday.

The page fees were attractive to postgraduate students and junior professionals who need to have research results published in academic journals, an editor told a China Youth Daily reporter. The reporter had posed as a postgraduate student seeking to publish an article.

The reporter was told he could have his article published for 600 yuan for each 2,400-word page.

The price was a bargain, the magazine's editor, Wang Haitao, told him. It had been halved after the magazine was downgraded from a national core academic journal to an ordinary academic journal.

Though the editor said the magazine scrutinized articles to prevent plagiarism, the reporter managed to obtain a publishing agreement for an article he copied from a Website.

Li Fan, deputy president of the magazine, said charging fees was common practice among many academic journals throughout the nation. He declined to reveal the annual income from page fees.




 

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