Open access funding and payment

Open access

Humanities & Social Sciences Communications is an open access journal, meaning all articles are published under a Creative Commons license, allowing them to be free to access, download, share, and re-use.

Open access maximises the dissemination and discovery of your research, increasing citation and usage, and improving collaboration and interdisciplinary interaction. By making your work available to more people, we help it create greater, faster impact, enabling you and the wider academic community to advance scholarship.

Open access is becoming increasingly popular among academics in the humanities and social sciences. This downloadable infographic explains the factors driving this growth in uptake. Despite this positive trend, there remain some misconceptions about what open access means and how it can benefit academia. Read this page for some key facts.

For further information, visit Springer Nature’s open access pages or this list of frequently asked questions.


Humanities & Social Sciences Communications uses an article-processing charge (APC) model meaning authors must pay a charge in order for their article to be published open access. The journal does not charge subscription fees to readers. This APC covers the costs involved in every stage of the publication process, from administrating peer-review to copy editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers.

The APC is only charged on acceptance for publication.

The current APCs are (plus VAT or local taxes where applicable):

  • £990 (UK)
  • $1290 (The Americas, China and Japan)
  • €1060 (Europe and rest of world)

Find out more in our article processing charges FAQs.

Open access funding support

We recognise that academic research funding can sometimes be a barrier to publishing, so we offer a free open access funding and support service through our parent company Springer Nature.

We can provide you with a list of organisations offering funding for APCs. We will also provide details of their policy guidance, and a checklist to help you meet the funder's requirements and open access policies, to enable you to secure funding.

Visit our open access funding and support page to find out more.

APC waiver policy

We offer APC waivers for papers whose corresponding authors are based in the world's lowest income countries as defined by the World Bank.

Discretionary APC waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be granted in cases of financial need. All applications for discretionary APC waivers should be made before submitting your manuscript; requests made during the review process or after acceptance will not be considered. To request a waiver please contact: Requesting a waiver will have no impact on the editorial handling of a paper. Full details of our APC waiver and discount policies can be found here.

Copyright and Creative Commons

Our articles are published open access under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor (read full legal code).

Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright in their articles.

To find out more about Creative Commons licensing, please click here.

Funder mandates

Our services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide. For information and advice about compliance, please consult our open access policy information, or contact us.