Article Processing Charges

AESSR publishes all its articles in full open access, which means unlimited use and reuse of articles, in addition to giving credit to the authors, under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.

AESSR is published under a Platinum Open Access (POA) arrangement as described by Emerald Publishing.  In the POA arrangement, all costs associated with publishing Open Access articles are arranged by the Publisher (International Research and Publishing Academy - iRAPA).

Authors pay a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover the costs of peer review administration and management, professional production of articles in PDF and other formats, and dissemination of published papers in various venues, in addition to other publishing functions. There are no charges for rejected articles, no submission charges, and no surcharges based on the length of an article, figures or supplementary data. Some items (Editorials, Corrections, Addendums, Retractions, Comments, etc.) are published free of charge.

Article Processing Charge
National Authors
International Authors
Submission Fee (non-refundable)*
5000 PKR
20 USD
APC (refundable)**
30,000 PKR
130 USD
35,000 PKR
150 USD
*The Submission Fee is a one-time APC that a corresponding author pays upon submission. The Submission Fee is non-refundable whether the submitted manuscript is accepted or rejected in the Desk Review process.
 ** Upon the successful completion of Desk Review, the corresponding author is to pay the rest of the APC. If the submitted manuscript is rejected in the Peer Review, the rest of the APC is refunded to the corresponding author.
APC waivers and discounts

Research scholars may get up to a 25% waiver in APC. iRAPA also offers APC waivers (up to 50%) to manuscripts whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies. Requests from other authors in financial need will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, write iRAPA's Journals' Support Staff