Open Access in Palgrave Macmillan journals

A number of Palgrave Macmillan journals offer authors and their funders the option to publish their research open access (OA) upon acceptance of their work through payment of an article processing charge (APC).

Open access content published in Palgrave Macmillan journals is subject to the same professional and rigorous peer-review process as all other Palgrave Macmillan publications.

Palgrave Macmillan monographs and Palgrave Pivot publications can also be made available with immediate open access upon publication. Find out more about open access options for books here.

Visit our open research site for detailed information about open access publishing options and policies in Palgrave Macmillan journals:

Palgrave Macmillan journals offering an open access publishing option

A full list of Palgrave Macmillan journals offering an open access option is available on our open research site for journals. Further information on the licences and other currencies available, and about self-archiving embargoes, manuscript deposition, and abstracting & indexing, can be found by clicking on the journal title.

Creative Commons licensing

Open access articles in Palgrave Macmillan journals are published under Creative Commons licences. These provide an industry-standard framework to support easy re-use of open access material. Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright of their work. Authors publishing via the open access route additionally assign NPG a non-exclusive license to publish (LTP).

Palgrave Macmillan journals use the CC BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution International License) as their default licence. The CC BY licence is the most open licence available and considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access; it is also preferred by many funders. This licence allows readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to alter, transform, or build upon the material, including for commercial use, providing the original author is credited. Other Creative Commons licences are available: please see individual journals for licences offered. Palgrave Macmillan-owned journals offer intergovernmental organisation (IGO) versions of Creative Commons licences on request, where required by the author’s employer.

Where journals offer a range of Creative Commons licences, authors are advised to check their funder's requirements before selecting a licence, to ensure compliance.

Article processing charges (APCs)

As costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from peer-review to copy editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers, authors are asked to pay an article processing charge (APC) in order for their article to be published open access under a Creative Commons licence.

Publication fees are payable for articles upon acceptance. VAT or local taxes will be added where applicable: for details please see

Article processing charges (APCs) vary by journal – view the full list.

APC payment FAQs

Find out more about article processing charges here.

Help in identifying funding for APCs

To find out about sources of funding for APCs, visit our open research funding support service on the website of our parent publisher, Springer Nature.

Site licence price adjustments for hybrid journals

Find out about how pricing for subscription content in hybrid journals is calculated here.

Editorial process for hybrid journals

In order to ensure that an author's decision to pay an APC to make their article open access does not influence editors' or reviewers' decisions about an article, authors publishing in hybrid journals are not asked to confirm whether they would like to publish their article open access until after it has been accepted. This means that all submitted articles go through the same rigorous process of editorial consideration and peer review, thereby ensuring that the high standards the scholarly community has come to expect from Palgrave Macmillan journal are maintained.

Self-archiving and deposition

Find out about self-archiving articles published via immediate open access here.
Find out about self-archiving the author’s accepted manuscript here.

Compliance with funding body requirements

Find out about meeting the requirements of funders’ and institutions’ open access policies for research here.