Palgrave Communications: Medical and Health Humanities

Palgrave 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. The journal is supported by a large international Editorial Board, comprising distinguished academics and researchers from a wide spectrum of fields, 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—our 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. You can browse published articles here.

The Editorial Team is in the process of contacting leading researchers with an interest in medical humanities, and related areas, to provide some information on the journal (please see below) and to invite high-quality submissions for publication. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript please contact the editorial team (at – they would be happy to provide additional information. Do feel free to forward this message onto colleagues.

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 the benefits to authors here.

Open access

Scholarly publishing is evolving with the move to online, open access<> content and Palgrave Macmillan believes that publishing under this model with Palgrave Communications 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 support service to make it easier for researchers to discover and apply for open access funding. For further advice on what funding is available to you and guidance in approaching funders and institutions, please contact We also operate a waiver policy for qualifying authors.

Publish with us

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 hopes you and your colleagues consider the journal as an outlet for your research.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with the editorial team at if you have any questions about the journal or publishing opportunities.

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