Self-archiving (green open access)
Authors of accepted articles are encouraged to submit the author's version of the accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository to be made openly available after the self-archiving embargo period has elapsed.
Publishing open access (gold open access)
Upon acceptance, authors can indicate whether they wish to pay an optional article processing charge (APC) for their article to be made open access online immediately upon publication. By paying this charge authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.
Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.
If authors opt to publish via the open access route then the corresponding author must complete and sign the Article Processing Charge (APC) payment form and an open access License to Publish (LTP) form on behalf of all authors, and return these to the Publisher. These forms will be provided upon acceptance of the article. Failure to promptly return forms will result in delay of publication.
With regard to payment, please note that usual credit terms are 30 days from receipt of invoice. Failure to pay your invoice within the stated credit term may result in the Open Access status of the paper being rescinded, with the paper being placed behind the paywall. You may also be subject to such penalties as restrictions on your ability to publish with Palgrave Macmillan in the future, involvement of a third party debt collection agency and legal proceedings.
Compliance with open access mandates
Palgrave Macmillan's publishing policies ensure that authors can comply with the public access requirements of many major funding bodies worldwide. Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates.