Publication fees



  • Introduction
  • Article Processing Charges
  • Article Submission Charges
  • Text changes after layout
  • Invoicing (if applicable)
  • Subsidy opportunities
  • Funding body agreements
  • Waiver of APC & ASC
  • Publication fee policy


All our readers and authors enjoy the benefits of free open access. We believe that open access of the journal 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, AOSIS offsets the publication expenses – including those of peer review management, journal production and online hosting and archiving – by charging Article Processing Charges (APC), also known as page fees, to authors, institutions or funders for each article published.



Article Processing Charges

The journal is sponsored by the South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SASLHA) from SASLHA membership fees up to an annual limit set yearly by the Council. SASLHA members, therefore, benefit from this subsidy. The benefit is calculated in the following way:

  • Any author, being a fully paid-up SASLHA member at the time of submission of the manuscript and final editorial decision (after formal review) – Article Processing Charges (APC) is supported by a once-off ZAR5000.00 (incl. VAT) discount.
  • Authors who are not SASLHA members, APCs are not subsidised.
  • SASLHA members will each only be eligible for one subsidy per year, after which the authors will be liable for the full APC costs.

The subsidy for APCs is valid until the limit of the annual SASLHA sponsorship has been reached; thereafter, authors will be required to pay an APC to cover the full production costs of their article. The APC shall be ZAR1416.00 (excl. VAT) per A4 output page in PDF format. The average length of an article in this journal is 10 pages.



Article Submission Charges

Article Submission Charges (ASC) does not apply.



Text changes after layout

Authors will be given the opportunity to revise and approve the text of the accepted manuscript in the final phase of copy-editing. After author approval the manuscript will go to design layout. The author will be asked to proofread the final galleys before going to publishing. Proofreading is intended to correct typesetting mistakes and not to introduce new changes to the text; such changes will require new layout of the pages. If new changes are introduced at this final proofreading stage, the publisher will charge Galley Change Fees (GCF) to the author, based on the cost incurred to make such changes. The GCF per hour is ZAR450.00 (excl. VAT).


Invoicing (if applicable)

The final APC is based on the finally approved manuscript word count, and no changes will be made after invoicing. Only one invoice shall be issued per article (no splitting of invoices) in order to expedite publication and keep costs to a minimum. All amounts are due within 7 days from invoicing. Payment can be made by Credit Card and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). The article will only be published once full payment has been received. If payment is done by EFT from a non-South African bank account, the author will be responsible for any bank transfer charges at the time of the transaction. Learn how to make a payment.



Subsidy opportunities

APC fees for Open Access journals have become an increasingly accepted method to defray the costs for publication and, fortunately, most institutions have developed mechanisms and funding sources to cover publication costs in high-quality open access journals. Authors are encouraged to contact their institution, department or funder for more details regarding possible APC subsidy opportunities earmarked for open access publications. As your department benefits directly and/or indirectly from publication of the article, where there is an absence of extramural funding we are confident that your department will be eager to carry the costs of the APC fee.



Funding body agreements

AOSIS complies with the requirements of funding bodies such as the Wellcome Trust and the National Research Foundation, to help authors comply with their open access terms.



Waiver of APC & ASC

This journal does not offer waivers or discounts. We request that you evaluate your potential to obtain funding for the Article Processing Fee before submission, not after acceptance.



Publication fee policy

The journal adheres to our publication fee policy, which includes our reimbursement policy.