The American Psychological Association is making an abrupt turn, quickly halting its new policy that would require a $2,500 fee for depositing manuscripts in PubMed Central. According to the APA’s website, the association’s policy is “currently being re-examined and will not be implemented at this time.”
Reported first on July 15th by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the new policy created major push-back as several comments on their blog recommended that the APA “get its head examined” or “needs counseling.”
The original fee would pertain only to authors who have received monies from the National Institutes of Health, under their new open-access policy. The fee for this required service would have been billed back to the author’s university, creating a some ambiguity as who would actually pay the bill.