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Letters Open access publishing

Cash for publication is discriminatory, unscientific, and dangerous

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 13 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1915
  1. Andrew N Bamji, retired consultant rheumatologist
  1. Rye TN31 7ES, UK
  1. bamji{at}

Plan S aims to achieve open access science publishing without paywalls.1 I don’t often write scientific papers. Much of what I submit to journals is comment or related to medical history. But a recent experience made me uneasy.

I submitted a paper to a prestigious journal. It was rejected. I don’t get hung up about rejection; one is always convinced by the brilliance of one’s own work. I suspect many people have suffered similarly. But …

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