Publisher Information


AOSIS Scholarly Books, a division of AOSIS Publishing, is an international open-access book publisher dedicated to providing comprehensive publishing services for scholarly research books across various scholarly domains. Our mission is to unlock scientific knowledge for the world by disseminating peer-reviewed, academically sound, research-based publications. We offer four distinct imprints:

  • AOSIS Books: This premium imprint publishes outstanding scholarly books written by and for scholars and peer community members. Each book undergoes rigorous peer review by independent experts and aligns with South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Research Outputs Policy of 2015 to the maximum extent.

  • AVARSITY Books: Focused on high-value, research-driven emerging scholarly books, AVARSITY Books caters to scholars and the research community. Our publications follow international scientific community protocols and are rigorously peer-reviewed. These books meet the minimum criteria of South Africa’s DHET Research Outputs Policy of 2015.

  • ITUTA Books: ITUTA Books publishes research-based materials, such as textbooks, lecture series, and manuals/handbooks, crafted by scholars, practitioners or field experts. Our target audience includes professionals, practitioners, students, and academics seeking focused and informative content.

  • KROTOA Books: Geared towards a general public audience, KROTOA Books provides research-based publications authored by scholars, practitioners or field experts. With a focus on non-fiction titles, and literary works, this imprint aims to appeal to a wide range of readers.

Explore our diverse AOSIS Scholarly Books catalogue and embark on a rewarding publishing journey with us. Publication expenses are offset by a one-time publication fee charged to authors, institutions, or funders, ensuring that our open-access scholarly books remain free for readers. Contact us for more information, or download a book proposal form and submit it here.



The quality of the content is matched by the quality of presentation, achieved through a professional design that guarantees books that are attractive and a pleasure to read. Every book we publish is available to read online for free. In addition, printed versions are available through a print-on-demand service. This offers a sustainable and cost-effective way to publish, coupled with timeous printing and delivery.


Our Book Services

  • Peer review management: The manuscript selection and commercial publishing processes operate independently to prevent undue commercial influence over the selection process.
  • Plagiarism detection management: We use a leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology to ensure the originality of written work before publication.
  • Online publication engagement: We offer online engagement throughout the publication process, which includes preparing your book proposal, copyediting, and proofreading.
  • Layouts in several digital formats: All books are freely available on our website in PDF format. The physical print copy and ePUB versions can be ordered for a fee.
  • Indexing services management: We work closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that published books will be available in their databases. These include OAPEN, DOAB, Scopus, Google Books and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics Book Citation Index).
  • Marketing: AOSIS promotes books in the following ways: (a) a book launch announcement in our appropriate domain collection newsletter; (b) listing the book on our websiteand library websites under the appropriate domain collection; (c) a direct email to announce the launch to contacts provided by the author; (d) a book launch announcement on our social media pages; (e) indexing the book on OAPEN and DOAB; (f) proposing the book to web indexes such as Scopus, Google Books and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics Book Citation Index); (g) by encouraging authors to update their online profiles, for example their Wikipedia profiles, blog profiles, the website of the institution where they work, LinkedIn profile, email signatures, etc., by listing their new book with a link to the book catalogue; and (h) we also encourage our authors to create an ORCID profile.
  • Distribution: All open access books are freely available on our website in PDF format. The physical print copy and ePUB versions of all available books can be ordered for a fee. To order print copies, please click here.


Community involvement

We work with external partners and the scholarly community to lead the way for open access books:

  • AOSIS is a member of OAPEN, a dedicated platform for hosting, dissemination, discovery and preservation of open access books.
  • We are sponsors of the Directory of Open Access Books, for increased discoverability of open access books.

AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations.  View Memberships