What We Do

We’re best known for our publishing in the humanities, social sciences, and business. We publish for a global audience, focusing on the needs of researchers, lecturers and students.


We offer our authors the choice to publish their work across a range of formats and lengths.


We’re passionate about publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed monographs. In 2014, we published over 2000. Some of the best and brightest minds in the humanities, business and social sciences choose to publish with us, from Tim Shaw to Barry Forshaw, Peninah Thomson and Steve Fuller. We are particularly known for publishing in new, cutting-edge areas such as cybersecurity, mathematical finance, agricultural economics and sustainability, and for our award-winning books series such as New Middle Ages and International Political Economy.

We’re also proud to work with great partners. We publish with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Academy of International Business and the International Economics Association, to name but a few.

All our monographs are offered through our online platform for libraries, SpringerLink, which is used by thousands of students, academics and librarians worldwide.


We publish 57 journals in the humanities, business and social sciences, from the Journal of Information Technology, to British Politics and Feminist Review. We value our journal publishing partnerships with global learned societies, professional organisations and institutions.

Reference works

Reference works have been at the heart of our business for over a century. The Statesman’s Yearbook celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, while The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics has published 36 Nobel laureates, and is widely accepted as the definitive source for a new generation of economists.

Palgrave Macmillan Major Reference Works are authoritative and comprehensive overviews of an important topic from within the Humanities, the Social Sciences or Business. They feature even-handed tertiary literature that offers an entry-point for graduates and above, by pointing them towards the best scholarship and giving an unparalleled overview of the field. Published using an online-first Living Reference Model, they are continuously updated through a dynamic, peer-review publishing process.

The Editor-in-Chiefs of such projects have the chance to summarise their field, influencing the next generation of scholars, and contributing to a world-class collection of Major Reference Works, which also includes The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.


What makes Palgrave Macmillan Reference Works distinctive?

  • Their superior breadth and depth provide the critical content that researchers need
  • The choice between encyclopaedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and atlases provides flexibility
  • Editor-in-Chiefs work with an in-house team dedicated to providing development support
  • Our bespoke manuscript submission platform, Meteor, makes for a smooth process
  • Online-first publishing means that individual entries are available as and when they’re ready
  • All entries, including updated material, are citable by DOI

Palgrave Handbooks

Palgrave Handbooks are high-quality, original reference works that bring together specially-commissioned chapters, cutting-edge research, and the latest review articles in their field. Our Handbooks provide an unparalleled overview of a specific field of research, while also setting the agenda for future directions of the discipline.

Learn more about Palgrave Handbooks

Professional, Business and Finance

Our professional, business and finance books feature expert, rigorous and accessible must-have texts, aimed at the full range of professional readers – from graduate employees, to chief executives and managing directors.


Palgrave Pivot enables authors to publish their work at lengths between 25,000 and 50,000 words - longer than a journal article, but shorter than a monograph, taking advantage of a swift and flexible publication process to dramatically reduce publication times.

By publishing new research quickly and maintaining high editorial standards, our authors' research is given the opportunity to have a great impact.

Publishing across the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business, Palgrave Pivot is extremely proud to be at the forefront of this evolution in digital publishing. Learn more.