Unisa Press

Why publish with us

Unisa Press publishes original scholarly works of merit which addresses topical issues touching the lives and minds of people across the African continent and beyond. Our books voice contemporary matters linked to the key niche areas identified by the Unisa Research & Innovation Portfolio. Our authors enter into scholarly debates which resonate well beyond Africa, attracting copublishers and thus widening our scope and reach.

As the only African scholarly press with a vigorous journals publishing programme in parallel with our scholarly books, we collaborate with Routledge Taylor & Francis, Sabinet and others to copublish our books and host our over 50 journals online and in print.

Our books publishing programme is actively being diversified to offer print and select online options,  including open access options. We offer support for online hosting of articles and working papers on the Science Open platform.

Unisa Press follows a classic university press model where manuscripts are subjected to a double-blind peer review process overseen by our Senate Publications Committee (SPC), representing the various subject fields taught at our university. Contact Unisa Press for more guidance on the submissions and refereeing process – we look forward to consider your work. We can also advise on structuring your manuscript to optimal effect, linked to topical debates and the latest news events.

Unisa Press offers its authors a royalty payment well above market levels, apart from our royalty incentive programme for Unisa authors.

Annually, Unisa Press offers its Hiddingh Currie Award to a single work of the highest academic merit and original scholarship, from the books published in a previous year. This is a prestigious award, combined with a monetary reward which is regularly adjusted.

Unisa Press holds a backlist collection of 158 open access books in our Unisa Heritage Collection, available via the Unisa Library’s Institutional Repository. This digital collection is fully searchable by author and title and content is freely downloadable.

Manuscript submission:
Manuscript development enquiries:

Mrs B Tsiane
Publishing Assistant (Acting)
012 429 3081

Ms Hetta Pieterse
Commissioning Editor 
Tel: 012 429 3182
E-mail: pietehc@unisa.ac.za

Last modified: 2023/07/30