Dear Farooq, on reading your posting, I checked the APC rule of BMJ and found the following:
'BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine offers a 50% discount on the APC for authors that meet all of the below criteria: 1) Student enrolled in higher educational institution OR 2) in medical training, 3) Must be corresponding author, 4) Project received no grant funding'.
I had thought that Authors from LMICs were also entitled to the BMJ discount but it seems that I am wrong.
I am sure that BMJ would soon clarify the situation, many of its personnel are on this forum and would have read yours and my surprise.
HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
Email: jneana AT yahoo.co.uk