Open access books FAQ

Here is a selection of FAQs for interested authors. For a more comprehensive insight into our open access books programme, please download our author guide.

1. When did Palgrave Macmillan start its open access books programme?

Palgrave Macmillan expanded its open access offering to include books and Palgrave Pivots in 2013, and to individual chapters in 2014. We were the only publisher to offer open access using the CC BY licence as default across both books and journals.

2. What is open access?

Open access refers to immediate, free and unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. This means that the content is open to all, with no embargo period or reading fees, and sharing and re-use of the work is permitted.

3. Why should I publish an open access book or chapter?

There are many reasons why authors choose to publish their research open access with us:

- For increased readership

- To reach a wider audience

- To have an impact on society and culture

- To comply with funders' open access mandates

Check out our Benefits page for more information.

4. Why is Palgrave Macmillan the best choice for my publisher?

Palgrave Macmillan publishes scholarly open access books and chapters across a wide range of academic fields in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to the benefits of publishing an open access book mentioned here, we have a flexible offering to suit all needs.

- Leaders in open access book publishing

One of the reasons we’re able to offer such innovative and comprehensive support for our open access book authors is because we have been at the forefront of open access books publishing.
We were one of the first major publishers to offer an open access option for the humanities and social sciences, and the first major publisher to offer the CC BY licence.

- High quality standards

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

- 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 open access within otherwise non-open access edited collections, handbooks and proceedings.

- Print availability

Print copies are also available for purchase at a reduced price.

- Freely and immediately available for readers

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

- 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.

5. What are my rights? What licensing is used?

Palgrave Macmillan's open access books and chapters are published under a CC BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution v4.0 International License). 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 on request: please contact your editor to discuss this. However, before requesting an alternative licence you are advised to check your funder's requirements, to ensure compliance.

Read more about licensing and copyright on our policy page.

Find out about self-archiving content published via immediate open access here.

Find out about self-archiving for books which have not been published open access here.

6. What does the open access publication charge cover?

A book or chapter processing charge (BPC/CPC) covers all the costs of commissioning, copyediting and proofreading, production, dissemination and promotion of our authors’ work, including online hosting and indexing. 

Open access titles receive the same high quality service and production standards as our non-open access titles. 

The charge also reflects our use of the CC BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution v4.0 International License) as the default for our open access books. The CC BY licence means that we may not make any further revenues from the title.

7. How much does it cost?





Monographs and edited collections (up to 400 pages)




Proceedings (up to 400 pages)




Palgrave Pivots (mid-length format, 25,000–50,000 words)




Chapters in non-open access books (up to 40 pages)




VAT/local taxes are added where applicable.

For other book types such as books longer than 400 pages, textbooks, or reference works, please get in touch with a commissioning editor.

Our default licence is CC BY 4.0; other licence types are available on request.

8. How can I get funding for open access book publication charges?

Many funders and institutions now allow you to apply for funding to publish your research open access, either at the point of applying for the research funding or once you have completed the research.

To find out about sources of funding for BPCs, visit our open research funding support service webpage.