Dear Professor, 1. Antarctica Journal of Mathematics 2. ArchimedesJournal of Mathematics 3. BesselJournal of Mathematics We are charging only $3 per page, which is very cheap when compared to other money oriented journals. Further we request you to withdraw your paper, if you have already submitted it to any money oriented journal. You can submit your research papers to our online journals. We also consider paper from Statistics and Computer Science.What is going on here? Possibilities:
- The journals are fake. They are part of an April Fool's Day joke. Using BesselJournal and ArchimedesJournal, with no space in the obvious place, (not typos by me- this is what the email said) might have been a clue that they were jokes.
- The Antarctica journal is real and is a reaction to the notion that we shouldn't hold conferences or workshops in places where there are human rights violations. (See here.)
- The Antarctica journal is real and is a reaction to the notion that whenever you have a conference the locals get to go cheap; this conference will be equally expensive to all (or to most). (See here.)
- The journals are real. The Antarctica Journal of Mathematics was founded because all continents except Antarctica had journals and the founders thought this was unfair.
In some fields it is standard to pay-to-publish. Older faculty used to tell me about page-charges for journals in our field, in much older times, (and I think grants mostly paid for it) but I have never seen them in my academic lifetime (in math and TCS). (Exception: a few conferences, though not many.) Different fields evolve in different ways, and I do not claim to know what the best approach is. However, since in our field (Math, TCS) it is standard to NOT have page-charges (I do not know of any journal that does this, and I know of only a few conferences that do) it seems odd to ask you to compare their journal with other money oriented journals. Are there other ones in mathematics?