Publication Fees

Financial model 

All our readers and authors enjoy the benefits of open access to our scholarly books, which we believe promotes accessibility and uptake worldwide, serving the best interests of the professional and scientific community and the public at large. Since no fees are charged for access to open access books, AOSIS offsets the publication expenses – including those of peer review management, book production and online hosting and archiving – by charging an upfront publication fee to authors, institutions or funders. AOSIS and its Commissioning Editor of Scholarly Books assist the author/book editor to obtain funding from their HEI once the manuscript has been approved through the peer review process. Authors will receive tantiemen on any print and eBook sales only in the case of non-open access books.


Publication fees 

Our open access publication model requires alternative and upfront funding of the production cost, as there will be minimal income from book sales after publication. Ideally, the cost of publication should form part of the initial research budget. It also makes sense for HEIs to support authors with the costs of open access publication in view of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) research subsidy benefits. Our production cost depends on the length of the publication, as most costs are directly related to the number of words and PDF pages. In the event where a manuscript is not accepted for publication by AOSIS after peer review, there will be no cost involved for the author(s), and they will be free to submit the manuscript to any other publisher for first publication.


New & Improved Publishing Options 

AOSIS now offers authors a wider selection of publishing options to choose from. While we are keeping an eye on the market and trends, we are still focused on our quality and well-established reputation.

All our publishing options align with the DHET requirements for scholarly books.

Options Description User License Open Access Advantages
Option 1 Delayed Open Access, with all rights reserved All rights reserved After 24-months embargo, unless co-publication agreement requires longer embargo period
  • Lowest cost
  • Royalty income
  • Unlatching to open access possible in selected works
Option 2 Immediate Open Access, with CC-BY-NC-ND user license CC-BY-NC-ND Immediate
  • Immediate open access
  • Liberal user license
  • Reasonable cost
  • Optimal citation probability
Option 3 Immediate Open Access, with CC-BY user license CC-BY Immediate
  • Immediate open access
  • Most liberal user license
  • Optimal citation probability
  • Allows derivative works
  • Allows commercial application


Funding body agreements 

AOSIS complies with the requirements of funding bodies such as the Wellcome Trust and the National Research Foundation (NRF), to help authors comply with their open access terms. The National Research Foundation requires that all research that is funded by the NRF must be available in open access format within 12 months of publication. The best route for book authors is thus to publish their NRF-funded research in open access. Read more here.