Author instructions

At Palgrave Communications we want to make the process of submitting your manuscript as simple as possible. Please carefully follow our step-by-step process, completing each step before progressing to the next.

Step 1: Before you submit

There are several important things you need to know and understand before you begin the submission process. From checking that your research is relevant to our journal, to preparing your manuscript and finding out about open access costs and funding, you will find it in this section.

To go straight to this step, please visit our before you submit page.

Step 2: Ready to submit

Ensuring your manuscript adheres to our submission guidelines will help prevent delays to the assessment of your work. Once you have successfully formatted and prepared your manuscript files, you will be ready to submit them.

To go straight to this step, please visit our ready to submit page.

After your manuscript is submitted via our online submission system, it enters our editorial process. We aim to get a first decision to you within approximately 50 days.

Step 3: Post-publication

Our marketing and communications teams promote articles across multiple channels following publication. We have a pre-publicity policy for authors, and we also offer advice and guidance to help you promote your published article through your own channels and techniques.

All published articles include article-level metrics allowing readers to track the impact and reach of research.

To go straight to this step, please visit our post-publication page.