About the Journal

Aims and Scope

Palgrave Communications, published by Palgrave Macmillan, is a fully open-access, online journal publishing peer-reviewed academic research across the full spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. The journal publishes research Articles, Reviews and short Comments, and features thematic article collections (‘special issues’). It began publication in January 2015.

The journal editors are dedicated to publishing high-quality original scholarship. Actively welcomed for submission is research on agenda-setting issues, grand societal challenges and emerging areas of thinking, irrespective of the field of study. This also includes research that reflects on, or seeks to inform, policymaking of all types. 

Palgrave Communications additionally welcomes interdisciplinary research that makes an explicit and valuable contribution to the advancement of the humanities and/or social sciences. This includes research arising in, or informed by, the physical, life, clinical and environmental sciences in areas such as the medical humanities, digital humanities, environmental sociology, and complex network analysis. 

We aspire to be the definitive peer-reviewed outlet for open access academic research in and between fields in our scope. The journal is open to all theoretical and methodological perspectives.

The journal welcomes research in, and between, the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Business and Management
  • Communication
  • Complex Networks
  • Criminology
  • Demography
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies**
  • Ethics
  • Film, Culture and Media
  • Finance
  • Gender
  • Geography***
  • Health and Medical Humanities
  • International Studies
  • International Political Economy
  • History
  • Information Systems
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Operational Research
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Research Communication#
  • Risk Management
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Science/Technology and Society

* Social, cultural and linguistic only; ** in particular: education, law, policy, sociology and economics; *** human and integrative only; # including bibliometrics.

We are committed to providing an efficient service for both authors and readers. A streamlined peer-review system, together with the support of an eminent Editorial Board, allows us to make rapid and fair publication decisions. Prompt dissemination of accepted papers to Palgrave Macmillan’s wide readership and beyond is achieved through a program of continuous online publication. Published manuscripts are enhanced by innovative web technologies, including an enhanced article template and article-level metrics. 

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