I received the following bizarre email:
Apr 26, 2013
Dear Andrew Gelman
You are receiving this notice because you have published a paper with the American Journal of Public Health within the last few years. Currently, content on the Journal is closed access for the first 2 years after publication, and then freely accessible thereafter. On June 1, 2013, the Journal will be extending its closed-access window from 2 years to 10 years. Extending this window will close public access to your article via the Journal web portal, but public access will still be available via the National Institutes of Health PubMedCentral web portal.
If you would like to make your article available to the public for free on the Journal web portal, we are extending this limited time offer of open access at a steeply discounted rate of $1,000 per article. If interested in purchasing this access, please contact Brian Selzer, Publications Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, you may purchase a Noncommercial Common Use License (NCUL) for $500. This license enables readers to use your article for noncommercial purposes without the need to purchase permissions, and it also permits free reproduction of your article. The NCUL does NOT permit reproduction in commercial products such as book chapters or Journal articles. Permission must still be purchased for such use. If interested, please contact Brian Selzer, Publications Editor, at email@example.com.
American Public Health Association
Huh? I guess this is the last time I will publish something in the American Journal of Public Health. How rude! I supply them with content for free (this is part of the “research and service” aspect of my job), and this is their attitude? “A steeply discounted rate,” indeed.
P.S. More here. I can’t actually remember writing anything for the AJPH and I searched their website and couldn’t find any papers by me there.