AOSIS is a smaller South African based open access publisher, with 26 journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). As of May 2016, the AOSIS website lists 28 open access journals. We found 27 matching journal titles when comparing our 2015 and 2016 data gathered from the AOSIS website.
The AOSIS website lists a per-page cost or Article Page Processing Charge (APPC) while the DOAJ’s Article Processing Charge (APC) figure is per-article. The APC amount listed on DOAJ is likely based on an estimate of the average number of pages for an article.
From the AOSIS website in 2015, 11 out of 27 journals were sponsored by various organizations, therefore they did not require APPCs to be paid by authors. Two of these titles are no longer sponsored in 2016. 18 out of 27 titles require APPCs to be paid by authors. Most of these APPCs have increased since 2015. The APPCs are listed in South African Rand (ZAR). The current conversion rate between ZAR and the US dollar (USD) is 1 ZAR equals 0.064 USD. The average APPC in 2016 is about 617 ZAR, which equates to about 40 USD. The average AOSIS APC in DOAJ is 6050 ZAR or 388 USD.
The journal with the lowest APPC in 2015 and 2016 is In die Skriflig. This journal charged 429 ZAR in 2015 and has increased to 44o ZAR in 2016. The journal with the highest APPC in 2015 and 2016 is African Vision and Eye Health, which was charging 1191 ZAR in 2015 and is now charging 1250 ZAR. In 2015, only 4 journals charged over 1000 ZAR for APPCs. In 2016, 10 out of 27 charge over 1000 ZAR.
According to AOSIS’ Copyright policy page, “The author(s) retain copyright on work published by AOSIS unless specified otherwise.” All individual journals titles were checked to see if there are any other specifications regarding copyright. After clicking through each title, we found that all journals provided a link to the main About Scholarly Journals page, which states “Rest assured: you always retain copyright of your work.”
AOSIS. (n.d.). Retrieved May 30, 2016, from http://www.aosis.co.za/
Directory of Open Access Journals. (Mn.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2016, from https://doaj.org/
Wheatley, S. (2016). AOSIS 2015-2016 Comparison. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2016/06/01/aosis-2015-2016-comparison/