Open Access for Palgrave Macmillan Books

There are many benefits to publishing an open access book or chapter with Palgrave Macmillan.

For increased readership

Palgrave Macmillan’s open access books are freely and immediately available online upon publication from our official platform, SpringerLink, and are clearly identified as 'open access'. Anyone worldwide can download open access research, which ensures your work is visible to the widest possible audience. SpringerLink receives around 285 million visits each year from 127 million unique visitors. 

Publishing an open access ebook with us can lead to 10 times more downloads, 2.4 times more citations, and 10 times more online mentions on average than publishing a book through the traditional non-open access route (see 'The OA Effect' and 'Diversifying readership through open access' white papers).

In addition to SpringerLink, your open access book or chapter will be hosted and indexed by our partner platforms and indexers to enhance the visibility and discoverability of your work.

To reach a wider audience

Open access books can have a more geographically diverse readership, reaching 61% more countries on average than non-open access books.

Open access encourages a wider readership for scholarly books, especially in regions where readers would not be able to afford a print edition of the book. 

Publishing an open access book can also facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and help develop a greater understanding of the research outside the traditional academic community.

To have an impact on society and culture

Do you want your work to have an impact on the research community and on policy makers? Publishing a peer-reviewed open access book means that the research can travel further and faster.

Maureen Mackintosh, Professor of Economics at the Open University and co-author of the Palgrave Macmillan monograph Making Medicines in Africa, was acutely aware of the benefits open access could offer: “We absolutely wanted it to be accessible specifically in Africa.” Several of the book's co-authors were from low-income countries and were familiar with the considerable challenge of accessing information. They particularly wanted to make their content available to manufacturers. Prof. Mackintosh described the impact of publishing open access as “transformational”, saying “it can completely change what policymakers can do.”

To comply with funder mandates

Your research grant or governmental policies may require that your research be made available open access.

We offer the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) licence by default, to ensure maximum reuse and redistribution as long as the original author is attributed; this licence is preferred by many funders. Other Creative Commons licences are available on request.

High quality standards

Palgrave Macmillan open access books adhere to the same high-level quality peer-review, production and publishing processes followed for all Palgrave Macmillan books.

Peer review is an integral part of the book submission and evaluation process. The peer review system ensures that published research is rigorous and meets the international standards set by each discipline. We engage in a collaborative refereeing process for all our books including open access titles. Read more about publishing with Palgrave Macmillan.

Different book types accepted

We accept monographs, edited collections, proceedings, handbooks, and short-form books (Palgrave Pivots). We also offer you the option to publish individual chapters OA within otherwise non-open access edited collections, handbooks and proceedings.

Availability and distribution

Open access books and chapters are made available immediately on publication via SpringerLink, Springer Nature’s platform for all published content. 

Readers can access the research free of charge in PDF, ePub and HTML formats from SpringerLink and through other platforms and indexers we partner with, including MOBI through Amazon.

Print copies are also available for purchase on demand.

Free author services

We offer a free open access funding and policy support service to make it easier for our authors to discover and apply for funding to cover the Book Processing Charge (BPC).

MyPalgrave for authors allows you to track the progress of your book in the publication process, as well as download your book performance report.

SpringerLink gives authors an overview of the reach and impact of their book by providing information on chapter downloads, citations and online mentions.


I wanted my research to be easily accessible, easy for others to share, and for readers to download.

Prof. Owen Davies, Historian, University of Hertfordshire and co-author of 'Executing Magic in the Modern Era: Criminal Bodies and the Gallows in Popular Medicine' (open access).

I work with issues that have to do with inequality, so for me publishing a book that wasn’t open access on the impact of international development would be quite unethical, because I know that people in Uganda would not be able to read the book. For me it was an absolute critical component to the ethics of publishing. 

Helen Louise Ackers, repeat open access book author with Palgrave Macmillan, and Chair in Global Social Justice, University of Salford

We absolutely wanted it to be accessible specifically in Africa. [Open access publishing] can completely change what policymakers can do.

Prof. Maureen Mackintosh, Economics, Open University and co-author of 'Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health' (open access).