Article Processing Charge

There is no fast track option for review and production services of an article. However, the accelerated process may take 3-4 months for publication of an article. Acceptance of an article is based on the editorial considerations, an independent peer review, and ensuring that the highest standards are maintained. Like other Open Access Journals, LASSIJ-IDEA charges an Article Processing Charge (APC) as follows:

1. Article Processing Charge (Publication Fee):

An article processing charge/publication fee is charged from local (Pakistan based) author/co-author each after the peer-review process is completed and acceptance of the manuscript is given (discounts apply) as follows:

a). PKR. 30,000 for single/solo author;

b). PKR. 55,000 for two authors;

c). PKR. 75,000 for three authors;

d). PKR. 90,000 for four authors.

2. Exemptions and Discounts:

All authors including principal, corresponding and co-authors (local/foreign) can claim the exemption or discount, if eligible as follows:

2.1. Foreign authors including foreign-based Pakistani nationals who are; (i) working as Faculty/Research Fellows/Potdoc Fellows; (ii) enrolled as PhD/MPhil/MS (foreign Master) scholars/students are exempted from APC/fees (100% discount) till December 2021.

2.2. Local Authors who are (i) currently working as Faculty/Research Fellows in; (ii) enrolled as PhD/MPhil/MS (foreign Master) scholars/students in; (iii) degree holders of PhD/Postdoc from; QS/THE world ranking universities:

a). Top 50 are granted 100% discount.

b). Top 51-100 are granted 95% discount.

c). Top 101-150 are granted 90% discount.

d). Top 151-200 are granted 85% discount.

e). Top 201-250 are granted 80% discount.

f). Top 251-300 are granted 75% discount.

g). Top 301-350 are granted 70% discount.

h). Top 351-400 are granted 65% discount.

i). Top 401-500 are granted 60% discount.

j). Top 501-600 are granted 55% discount.

k). Top 601-700 are granted 50% discount.

l). Top 701-800 are granted 45% discount.

m). Top 801-1000 are granted 40% discount.

n). Top 1001-1200 are granted 35% discount.

o). Top 1200+ are granted 30% discount.

2.3. Authors with Post-PhD experience as follows: 

a). 20 years or more are granted 100% discount

b). 19 years or more are granted 95% discount

c). 18 years or more are granted 90% discount

d). 17 years or more are granted 85% discount

e). 16 years or more are granted 80% discount

f). 15 years or more are granted 75% discount

g). 14 years or more are granted 70% discount

h). 13 years or more are granted 65% discount

i). 12 years or more are granted 60% discount

j). 11 years or more are granted 55% discount

k). 10 years or more are granted 50% discount.

l). 09 years or more are granted 45% discount.

m). 08 years or more are granted 40% discount.

n). 07 years or more are granted 35% discount.

o). 06 year or more are granted 30% discount.

p). 05 year or more are granted 25% discount.

q). 04 year or more are granted 20% discount.

r). 03 years or more are granted 15% discount.

s). 02 years or more are granted 10% discount.

2.4. Special Discounts (Merit-cum-Need based):

a). Foreign authors/coauthors from non-QS/non-THE world ranking foreign universities (not listed in QS/THE) are granted 100% discount each.

b). Foreign authors from UN list of least developed countries are granted 100% discount per author/co-author each.

b). Local authors of foreign/international articles (i.e. a topic other than Pakistan) are granted 100% discount per author/co-author each (applicable to all authors/co-authors).

c). Local authors who are special persons/differently-abled persons (persons with any disability) are granted 35% discount.

e). Local authors having obtained any PhD Scholarship (merit based) are granted 25% discount.

f). Local authors with a gold medal during university education are granted 20% discount.

g). Local authors from erstwhile FATA, Malakand division, Southren distrists of KP, Balochistan, Rural Sindh, South Punjab, Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan are granted 15% discount.

h). Local female authors are granted 10% discount, if not eligible for any other discount.

Note: An author/co-author can claim only one type of exemption/discount per article.

3. Article Processing Charge Explained:

We are committed to making the costs of publishing as clear as possible. The article processing charge covers the costs of turning a manuscript into a finished article, as well as the costs of hosting, distributing and promoting an article. 

When a manuscript is submitted, it passes through the many different departments at LASSIJ-IDEA to ensure the quality checks, peer review, production and promotion of articles is carried out in a timely manner and to a high standard:

  • The Editorial Screening team, who perform initial technical and ethical checks.
  • The Editorial team, who help the journal's Academic Editors manage the review process.
  • The Production team, who convert the manuscript to a professionally typeset article.
  • The Proofing team, who coordinate the proofing process.
  • The Editorial Quality Assurance team, who perform a final check to ensure that the manuscript and its review process adhere to the journal's guidelines and policies.
  • The Marketing and Communication team, who ensure your article receives the attention it deserves.
  • The Technology team, who build and maintain our systems, and develop new systems.

The work these teams do contribute to the requirement of an APC and that is why the actual amount payable may vary with the passage of time. 

There is no charge for using the review and production services if the paper is rejected. However, due to the costs incurred, LASSIJ-IDEA reserves the right to a partial charge of the publication fee if the author withdraws the paper.

Last revised/updated: September 20, 2021