Mariëlle Prevoo, Ron Aardening, and Ingrid Wijk, writing for the Scholarly Kitchen, on the idea to shift from APCs paid out for publication, to APCs fronted at the submission stage:

A shift from publication-based charging to process-based charging may lead to better allocation of scholarly communication costs, lower charges per published article, and probably also a better consideration about the choice whether to publish and in which journal. The time seems ripe to introduce such a new APC model now that more and more journals are flipping to an OA model.

This is a terrible idea. It’s doubling down on a fundamentally unjust author-pays OA regime, one that erects barriers to authorship in place of barriers to readers. Unless you’re a grant-funded natural scientist, or employed in a rich institution or national system—which is to say, scholars from the Global South, and humanities and social science scholars everywhere—you will be effectively blocked from submitting.