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AOSIS Publishing is committed to providing all the resources, support and advice you need to submit your journal manuscript.

We publish open access scholarly journals, most of which are accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa.

Our aim is to build a long-term relationship with you as your publishing partner. We will keep you informed throughout the publication process. Rest assured: you always retain copyright of your work.

Some journals may require Author Publication Charges (APCs) upon acceptance for publication. Visit the individual journals to view their submission requirements, author guidelines, APC information and frequently asked questions. You can also create a free user account at the journal, enabling you to submit your manuscript. Technical support, automated tracking alerts and feedback on publication dates are just a few of the ways in which we assist our authors.

A published article acquires a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and is published in four formats, namely PDF, XML, EPUB and HTML.

Some societies offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) benefits to their members through their journals. CPD status is available on the journal’s website.

Open access

Articles are published online under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) usage licence. Ownership of copyright of the manuscript contents remains with the authors. The authors retain the non-exclusive right to do anything they wish with the published article(s), provided attribution is given to the applicable journal with details of the original publication, as set out in the official citation of the article published in the journal. The retained right specifically includes the right to post the article on the authors’ or their institution’s websites or in institutional repositories.

New manuscript submission guidelines


Publication procedure

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online in a format defined by the author guidelines available on the journal’s website. Each manuscript is pre-screened by plagiarism detection software both before and after review. The review process, copy editing, layout editing and proofing of manuscripts are also all managed online, with authors contributing to both the copyediting and proofing stages of the process.

Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication by the Editor-in-Chief, the editorial staff will work towards preparing the manuscript for online publication.

The first stage involves language editing, after which the manuscript is returned to the corresponding author for review. This is the author’s final opportunity to make text changes to the manuscript and submit a revised version. At a later stage the editorial staff will send the author one set of galley proofs, and the author will have two working days to mark any typographical errors. It may not be possible to incorporate author corrections in the printed version of the manuscript if the author fails to respond to proofreading requests. Authors should visit their personalised homepage frequently to assess the location or stage of the manuscript.

Article processing charges

We encourage authors to visit the individual journals to view their individual article processing charges. Payments can be made via credit card or direct deposit (EFT). We will send you an invoice for payment with a unique reference number to use when making payment.


Authors and sponsors may direct any payment enquiries to billing@aosis.co.za. We will send you an invoice for payment with a unique reference number to use when making payment.

AOSIS bank details
Account name : AOSIS (Pty) Ltd
Account type : Savings
Bank : ABSA, Durbanville
Branch Code : 632005
Account number : 9206-0735-85

Credit card payments
AOSIS makes use of Virtual Card Services (VCS) to ensure your safety and privacy while paying online. Learn more about the VCS service and security here. Credit card payments to AOSIS Publishing will show as AOSIS (Pty) Ltd on your bank statement. Click here to make a credit card payment now.

Direct deposits (EFT)
This method may take a few days to process, depending on where you bank. Please send us your proof of payment with the reference number provided during purchase to billing@aosis.co.za.

International clients
We encourage international clients to pay via credit card so as not to incur additional bank charges. When paying via electronic funds transfer (EFT) you will be expected to pay the additional bank charges of approximately R150.00.

Manuscript formatting

Types of articles published
We encourage authors to visit the individual journals to view sample articles and their specifications.

House style guide
All AOSIS manuscripts must adhere to the following style guide, which you may download below:
Referencing style
Please visit the individual journals to view their approved referencing style. It may be one of the following:  

Author list

Anyone that has made a significant contribution to the research and the paper must be listed as an author. Your author list will be added on your cover letter. Contributions that fall short of meeting the criteria as stipulated in our policy should rather be mentioned in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of the manuscript. Read our authorship guidelines and author contribution statement policies.

Supporting documentation

Complete the publication, copyright and usage licence agreements
The following legal documents need to be submitted with the manuscript to the applicable journal online; please download below:
Where a manuscript is not accepted for publication by the Editor-in-Chief, the sections of the publication agreement in respect of the publishing licensing shall be null and void and the authors will be free to submit the manuscript to any other publication for first publication.

Cover letter
The format of the compulsory cover letter forms part of your submission. It is located on the first page of your manuscript and should always be presented in English. You should provide the following elements:
  • Article title: Provide a short title of 50 characters or less.
  • Significance of work: Briefly state the significance of the book reported on.
  • Full author details: The title(s), full name(s), position(s), affiliation(s) and contact details (postal address, email, telephone and cell phone number) of each author.
  • Corresponding author: Identify to whom all correspondence should be addressed.
  • Authors’s contributions: Briefly summarise the nature of the contribution made by each of the authors listed.
  • Summary: Lastly, a list containing the number of words, pages, tables, figures and/or other supplementary material should accompany the submission.


 Read through our publication policies and privacy policy. Within our publishing policies are stipulated:  

Blind peer review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer review for submissions to our journals, every effort should be made to keep your identity anonymous.
  1. For authors: Your name and the year must be replaced with “Author” everywhere in your text, footnotes and references.
  2. For author and reviewers:
    1. In Microsoft Word: Remove hidden data and personal information by inspecting your document.
    2. With PDFs in Adobe Reader, remove all personal information within the document properties.

Online submission

Register on the individual journal website and follow the online new submission process. Ensure that you have all the documentation in place and that your manuscript adheres to the style and referencing guidelines for that journal. Please read our privacy policy and publication policies to ensure that you are comfortable with our requirements.

Revised manuscript submission guidelines


Resubmission process

Revisions may be requested from time to time. You will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed to create and upload your revised submission on the journal website.

When you prepare a revised version of your manuscript it is essential that you follow the instructions given in the editor’s letter and the reviewer’s comments (when provided) very carefully.

Time limits
Authors must stay within the following time limits:
  • Revisions received more than three months after being requested may be sent for another review cycle, at the editor’s discretion.
  • Revisions received more than six months after being requested may be withdrawn from consideration.

Preparing your revised manuscript

The Editor-in-Chief will assess your resubmission based on the reviewer’s suggested comments, and may send the manuscript for another cycle of peer review.

When starting the resubmission process ensure that you have the following documentation prepared for uploading:
  • The feedback summary to the Editor-in-Chief
    • Provide a detailed account of how you responded to the editorial and peer review comments and any other guidance you may have received. Where suggestions have not been followed you must explain and justify your decision. This should include specific references to sections, pages and paragraph numbers where alterations were made in the text.
  • Annotated version of the revisions made on the original manuscript
    • The annotated copy should have highlights of the changes (either by using the track changes function in Microsoft Word or by highlighting or underlining text) with notes in the text referring to the editor or reviewer’s query. For example, highlighted text [R2.2] would be the second comment from reviewer 2, and highlighted text [E1.4] would be the fourth comment from the editor. When you upload your annotated version, make sure that the changes are clearly visible on the Word (.doc) file prior to resubmission.
      • If references, tables or figures are moved, added or deleted during the revision process, renumber them to reflect such changes so that they continue to be cited in numerical order. Images need only be uploaded if changes have been made to them since the previous version.

Online submission

Login to the individual journal’s website and follow the online revised submission process. Ensure that you have the feedback summary and the annotated version with the revisions made ready for uploading.

Thesis abstract submissions

Some journals may accept thesis abstracts. If so, a form will be provided to fill in on the journal website.


AOSIS promotes publications in the following ways:
  • Some of the latest articles are listed in our monthly domain collection newsletters, which we encourage authors to subscribe to.
  • Some of the latest articles are published on our social media pages, where we encourage authors to follow us so that they can re-share their article should it be posted.
  • Listing the article on www.library.aosis.co.za under the appropriate domain collection.
  • Listing the article on the journal websites under the appropriate issue where readers have no access limitation to read articles online.
  • Readers can subscribe to the journals’ RSS feeds for a list of the latest published articles.
  • Many of our journals are included in leading indexing services, including Thompson Reuters (Web of Science), SCOPUS and PubMed. Visit the applicable journal for more information.
  • Our publications are preserved in many digital archives, e.g. DOAJ and Portico.
  • We support article linking through DOIs provided by CrossRef.
  • We encourage authors to update their online profiles, for example their Wikipedia profiles, blog profiles, the website of the institution where they work, their LinkedIn profile, etc., by listing their published article with a link to the applicable journal site.
  • We also encourage our authors to create an ORCID profile at https://orcid.org




AOSIS supports peer review, since it allows research to be evaluated and commented upon by independent experts who work within the same academic field as the authors. It also helps to improve manuscripts and allows the editor to assess a work’s suitability for publication.

Reviewer invitations

Reviewer invitations are emailed from the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. The invitation will include the manuscript abstract to help you decide whether to accept the invitation. 

Accept or decline invitation

The manuscript will only be available to download once you accept the invitation to review.
Please indicate whether you accept the invitation by clicking on the applicable button and emailing the editor.

Due date

Please complete the review by the specified due date. Contact us if you need to extend the deadline.

Submitting the review

The entire review process is conducted on the journal website. Contact us if you are having trouble accessing the manuscript or entering your comments.


Read our policies relating to reviewers to learn more about:

Competing interests

You should not review a manuscript if you have a potential competing interest. Please declare such conflicts within the review process. Read our policy on conflict of interest.

Blind peer review 

Ensure your review feedback is formatted correctly to ensure the integrity of the blind peer review. Learn how to do it here.


Librarians may find the following information usefull:

  • User license - AOSIS publishes all journals in immediate embargo free open access under the following  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. HEIs are free to upload a copy of the final work on their institutional repositories. 
  • Financial support – our journals are funded either by author fees, grant makers or donators.
  • Journal indexing – many of our journals are included by leading indexing services, including Thompson Reuters (Web of Science), SCOPUS and PubMed, visit the applicable journal for more information.
  • Cataloguing data – please visit each journal website to view their ISSNs, URLs, impact factor/global impact, and date of first publication. You can also stay up to date by subscribing to the individual publication RSS feeds or to our AOSIS newsletter to receive notification of new publications.
  • Archiving  our publications are preserved in many digital archives, e.g. DOAJ and Portico. 
  • Full-text linking options – we support article linking through DOIs, provided by CrossRef.
  • Events – If you are organising an event at your institution, we would be happy to participate. We provide workshops and public talks on various topics relating to open access and scholarly publishing in Africa.

Journal Owners

We always welcome new partnerships with both new and existing journals. By maximising your journal’s potential, we realise our own passion by empowering people through access to knowledge. 

The majority of our portfolio is published on behalf of Societies, Institutions and Universities in Africa. The publishing platform and processes we implement are designed and executed for open access journals, ensuring excellent engagement throughout the publication process.

Financial benefits
Our journals have competitive article processing charges (APC), covering our services and support to your authors and editors. Our financial models could make room for additional income for your Societies, Institutions or Universities as we consider APC and sponsorship opportunities. We also have the expertise to incorporate member benefits, offering journal-based Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through our established AOSIS eCPD® division. 

Global impact through online access
Our open-access business model spreads your journal’s knowledge globally in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Articles are included by many indexing services, e.g. Google Scholar, Thompson Reuters (Web of Science) and PubMed, strongly contributing to citations. We continually monitor the impact factor of our journals and seek to improve indexing. 

Supporting your journal
There are a number of ways in which AOSIS ensures the long-term success of your journal; these are agreed between AOSIS and each editor, and are subject to your requirements. 

The two main aspects of our role are as follows:

  • Strategic development of your journal
  • Journal production

Strategic development of your journal    
We encourage our Editors to identify both short- and long-term goals for their journal, and will assist you in setting these goals as we draw on our experience and bibliometric data.

A marketing strategy is then created and implemented, designed to increase both readership and authorship of the journal through targeted marketing.  

To monitor the journals’ success AOSIS provides bibliometric data for Editors to analyse. We provide reports each quarter, with an annual report at the beginning of the year which reflects on the previous year.  

Journal production
The online publishing platform and processes we implement are designed and executed for open access journals, ensuring excellent engagement throughout the publication process. 

The entire publication process for each journal is overseen by our dedicated in-house title manager, guiding the manuscript through the publication process from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on speed of publication, without compromising quality. 

The online journal system also facilitates data management, storing lists of all contributors to the journal, including authors, readers and reviewers. 
Other functions include: advanced search functionality, manuscript tracking, scheduling articles for publication in advance, and creating citation information.

Testimonials from our partners: 

‘AOSIS provides a constant base of professional consistency and efficiency and is the most important factor that has contributed to our broad international scope and recognition’.

‘What is prominent in this relationship is the overall professional service we receive from AOSIS and the high technical and editorial standard of their publications.’

‘I consider myself extremely lucky to be working with AOSIS. I find the AOSIS staff very helpful and friendly, efficiently and quickly responding to queries. Putting this particular journal together has been challenging, both because of the experience level of many of the authors, and my own limitations in managing in a virtual environment. In this regard, I have found the staff and management at AOSIS exceptionally helpful and facilitative, not to mention patient when faced with repeated challenges.’

To discuss a potential publishing partnership for your journal, contact us.


Advertising opportunities are available via online site banners on our journals to help communicate your service, product or training opportunity.  Please fill in the online form to place an order. You can read our advertising policy here.

Print Orders

Our open access journal articles are free to read online on each individual journal website as well as www.library.aosis.co.za. Should you wish to purchase a print copy of a compiled journal, please select the applicable form below and fill it in online:


To view the AOSIS policies relating to publishing, please click here.