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Call for Expressions of Interest: Design & Layout Agencies

​​​​​The Editors of the South African Health Review (SAHR) are looking for an innovative and resourceful design and layout agency to pitch for the design and layout of the 2020 edition of the peer-reviewed SAHR. 

We are looking for experts who can provide a clean, insightful and unique layout for this established journal. The successful team will work closely with the managing editor and project coordinator to take the publication from edited text in MS Word to the final, laid out, print-ready PDF.

The SAHR is available electronically and in print and, on average, consists of 20 chapters which contain text, tables, figures and graphs. It runs to about 300 pages (approximately 115 000 words).  Previous editions of the publications can be found here.  An overview of the SAHR can be found at the end of this call.​

Expected deliverables

  1. Layout of all text, images, tables, graphs, maps;
  2. two data visualisations per indicator in the Health and Related Indicators chapter (see previous Indicators chapters here and here;
  3. one full-page "chapter at a glance" per chapter, with messaging and an infographic for each chapter;
  4. reverts on ideas (sketches or text descriptors) for all visuals, followed by a single set of reverts on designed graphics;
  5. two rounds of proofreading and reverts after layout; and
  6. ​the document prepared for print and digital dissemination.

 A suggested process flow can be found below.

Proposed process flow

1.    Edited chapter and at a glance summary sent to layout team in MS Word format and MS Excel spreadsheets for graphs
2.    Proof 1 of laid out chapter and at a glance (with choice of two graphics) returned to editor as PDF for proofing and author sign-off
3.    Proof 1 and at a glance returned to layout team as annotated PDF
4.    Proof 2 of chapter and at a glance returned to editor as PDF for final proofing and sign off
5.    Repeat to proof 3 if needed
6.    Print-ready proof prepared



  • The applicant will be an established agency of skilled desktop publishers and graphic designers with at least 5 years' experience in document layout and graphic design. 
  • Experience in academic publishing would be an advantage.

How to apply

Interested parties should send a proposal detailing their experience and suitability for the role.  This proposal should include:

  • a sample layout of an SAHR cover, chapter and at a glance page summary page;
  • a detailed cost outline;
  • a portfolio of relevant previous work;
  • the number and designations of people on the team;
  • turnaround times for layouts and proofs; and
  • the agency's current hourly rate.

     Applications should be sent to: Emma-Louise Mackie at by 12:00pm, Friday 8 May 2020.


Overview of the SAHR

Over its 22-year history, the South African Health Review (SAHR) has become one of Health Systems Trust's flagship publications. Offering a South African perspective on prevailing local and international public health issues, the Review is widely read and quoted as an authoritative reference work in South Africa and abroad, and has been accredited by the Department of Higher Education as a peer-reviewed journal since January 2014.

The SAHR provides an up-to-date perspective on current health policy developments and their implementation in South Africa, and monitors changes in and challenges to the provision of equitable and accessible health care in the country. The publication provides a combination of detailed information on health status and care, coupled with an in-depth analysis of policies and practices affecting the provision of health services, as well as insights into the degree of success that has been achieved in policy implementation.


Aims of the South African Health Review:

  1. to monitor trends within the health system and in a variety of health and related indicators
  2. to provide a detailed historical record of the challenges and successes in transforming South Africa's health system
  3. to highlight possible policy implications of topical and relevant research findings
  4. to identify good practices in and hindrances to policy implementation

Target audiences
  • healthcare professionals at all levels and in all sectors of the health system
  • policy- and decision-makers
  • public health specialists
  • academics and students
  • donors
  • media
  • local and international health and development NGOs