Article Processing Charge

There is no fast-track option for review and production services of an article. However, the accelerated process may take 3-5 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

An article processing charge includes the submission fee (processing fee), publication fee (author fee) and copy-cum-language editing fee (optional) as follows:

1.1. Submission Fee (Processing Fee)

A submission/processing fee is charged from Pakistani author(s) after completion of the review process and acceptance of the manuscript as follows:

- PKR 10,000 per article/manuscript (foreigner authors/foreign nationals are exempted).

1.2. Publication Fee (Author Fee)

A publication/author fee is charged from author/co-author each (discounts apply) after the review process and acceptance of the manuscript as follows:

a). PKR 25,000 for single/solo author

b). PKR 45,000 for two authors (22,500 per author)

c). PKR 60,000 for three authors (20,000 per author)

d). PKR 70,000 for four authors (17,500 per author)

1.3. Copy-cum-Language Editing Fee (optional)

An accepted article may be charged with an optional fee (if required) for copy-cum-language editing (and reference setting) as follows:

a). PKR. 5,000 for moderate editing

b). PKR. 10,000 for extensive editing

2. Exemptions and Discounts

All authors including principal, corresponding and co-authors (local/foreign) can claim the exemption or discount on publication fee (author fee) as follows:

2.1. Foreign Authors

a). Foreign authors from the UN list of least developed countries are granted 100% discount (exempted from all fees).

b). Foreigner authors (foreign nationals) from developed and developing countries are granted 100% discount (exempted from all fees).

c). Foreign authors (Pakistani nationals abroad) working/studying in foreign universities are granted 100% discount (exempted from all fees).

2.2. Pakistani Authors (local authors) granted discounts on publication fee (author fee) as follows:

Note: An author/co-author can claim only one type of 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: December 31, 2021