I’ll tell you a little secret. I had to bare my soul to the publishers to get them to waive fees on publication which, Springer-Open has done on three occassions for me now and their criticisms have helped me focus greatly. I owe Prof Liu, the editor, a great debt of thanks for the sympathetic ear she leant me.
The University of Bath has made zip contribution to my work since 2005. I am the epitome of the penniless academic researcher/writer/mentally disabled unemployed engineer/biomimeticist.
You know a lot of us, right?