Publisher Information

About AOSIS

As an open access publisher we present high-quality publications particularly from Africa, being committed to the dissemination of peer-reviewed, research-based publications across a range of academic disciplines.

We are committed to providing you with all the resources, support and advice you need to submit your book proposal and publish with us. We are your publishing partner, but you retain copyright of your work, which allows you to use your work for teaching purposes and to upload a copy on your institution’s research output archive.

Focus and scope

We publish the following types of scholarly books:

  • Monographs – a stand-alone work of original research or in-depth literature review by one or more authors.
  • Collected works – a stand-alone work assembled by one or more scholars in a field or related fields, often as a supplement to a scholarly journal.
  • Collective works – a stand-alone work assembled by one or more scholars in several related fields and collectively reviewed.
  • Books series – a collection of volumes on a subject/field of study. Volumes can be a monograph by one or two authors, or a collected/collective work by various authors. Book series usually produce one volume per year in an ongoing process.
  • PhD dissertations – a stand-alone work based on a recent PhD thesis, with substantial reworking (>50%) and new research additions.
  • Conference proceedings – a collection of shorter academic papers published in the context of an academic conference.

Book proposals are welcomed from all academic fields, in particular the Humanities and Social Sciences, such as Religious Studies, Business Science, Sociology, Education and Psychology.

Services

Our publishing services include:

  • Preparing your book proposal
  • Peer review
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Layouts in several digital formats
  • Print on demand
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Indexing
  • Assistance with obtaining subsidy funding from your HEI

Open access

We are an open access publisher which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the books, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about our copyright and licensing policy.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) 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.

AOSIS requires scholarly book authors to publish their work in open access under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence. Read more here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

Distribution

All books are freely available on our website in PDF format; print and ePUB versions can be ordered for a fee. To order print copies, please click here.

Marketing

AOSIS promotes books in the following ways:

  • A book launch announcement in our appropriate domain collection newsletter
  • Listing the book on our www.books.aosis.co.za and www.library.aosis.co.za websites under the appropriate domain collection
  • A direct email to announce the launch to contacts provided by the author
  • A book launch announcement on our social media pages
  • Indexing the book on OAPEN and DOAB
  • Proposing the book to web indexers such as Scopus and Web of Science
  • By encouraging authors to update their online profiles, for example their Wikipedia profiles, blog profiles, website of the institution where they work, LinkedIn profile, email signatures, etc., by listing their new book with a link to the catalogue on www.books.aosis.co.za
  • We also encourage our authors to create an ORCID profile at https://orcid.org

Memberships

AOSIS is a member of and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practice of several leading industry organisations. See list here.

Disclaimer

The publisher/licensee and its agents accept no liability for any real or perceived loss, cost, claim or damage sustained from reliance upon any information, statement, or opinion contained in this work. Any information or content should be independently verified before reliance upon it. Links to third-party websites are provided in good faith and the publisher/licensee and its agents disclaim any responsibility for the information and materials contained in any such third-party website referenced in this work. Read the full Terms of Use.