PalmgravePalgrave Communications is a new high-quality, open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan, that covers all fields of research within the social sciences, humanities and (HSS) business, including health and medical humanities. 

Palgrave Communications’ broad scope reflects Palgrave Macmillan’s international reputation and strengths in HSS publishing. As well as being a multi-disciplinary outlet, the journal welcomes interdisciplinary research in and between disciplines—the intention is that the journal becomes a unique venue for disparate scholarly arenas to connect. The journal publishes original research, reviews and comment articles, and also thematic collections on hot topics.

Editorial Board

The journal is supported by a large international Editorial Board, comprising distinguished academics and researchers from a wide spectrum of fields.

The journal’s health and medical humanities Editorial Board members include: Paul Crawford (The University of Nottingham, UK); Gayle Davis (University of Edinburgh, UK); Bonnie Evans (University of London, UK); ​Jane Macnaughton (Durham University, UK); Niki Vermeulen (University of Edinburgh, UK).

The editorial team is happy to receive applications from academics who are interested in joining the editorial board. CVs and any supporting information should be sent to the Managing Editor.

Call for papers in health and medical humanities research

Palgrave Communications aspires to be the definitive peer-reviewed journal for open access academic research in and between fields in the humanities, social sciences and business. The Editorial Team is currently inviting article proposals from researchers in the health or medical humanities fields (and related areas). If you are interested in submitting a manuscript or would like to discuss publishing opportunities, you can contact the editorial team.

Benefits to authors

Palgrave Communications maintains strong editorial and publishing policies, which include sharing of research data and rigorous peer review. The editorial team strives to provide an efficient service, meaning articles are reviewed speedily and fairly, with accepted papers published with none of the delays traditionally seen with printed publications—it is possible for articles to be submitted, peer reviewed, revised and published within 3 months.

Being born a digital, as well as open access, journal provides numerous opportunities. The editorial team uses continuous online publication to promptly disseminate accepted papers to Palgrave Macmillan’s wide, international readership and beyond. All published manuscripts are enhanced by innovative web technologies, including a modern article template for reading on a variety of devices and platforms, and sophisticated metrics on who is reading and talking about—and citing—each article. This enables readers and authors to rapidly assess the impact of articles.

You can find out more about benefits to authors here.

Open access

Scholarly publishing is evolving with the move to online, open access content and Palgrave Communications believes that publishing under this model can make high-quality work available to the widest possible audience—all articles are published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY) by default (with other licences available on request) to support maximum dissemination and use.

The journal’s open access business model recoups the costs associated with the publishing process through an article processing charge (APC) of GBP £750 (UK and Rest of World)/USD $1200 (The Americas). The APC is a flat, one-off charge and authors are not faced with additional charges for longer articles or particular numbers of pages, tables or figures.  We offer an open access funding support service to make it easier for researchers to discover and apply for APC funding. For further tailored advice on what funding is available to you and guidance in approaching funders and institutions, please email palgrave. The journal also operates a waiver policy for qualifying authors.



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