Open Access

Open Access with Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press has been actively involved in Open Access publishing for several years, and is pleased to offer its authors and contributors a high-quality route to open access publication both in the form of journal articles and of monographs.

All MUP publications are subject to a process of rigorous peer review, and we take pride in our production values and author relationships.

Content will be published under the terms of Creative Commons Licences which allows copyright to remain with authors and requires full attribution to accompany all reuse and dissemination. Our recommended licence is CC-BY-NC which includes a requirement of the copyright holder’s permission for any commercial use of the content. Some major funders insist on the use of the least restrictive CC-BY licence and we will be happy to use this when required.


Currently all Manchester University Press journals are subscription-based. Authors can self-archive the Accepted Manuscript in institutional or non-commercial subject repositories (Green Open Access). The Accepted Manuscript is the version of the article that has been peer reviewed, revised and finally accepted by the Editor but before MUP has undertaken copyediting, typesetting or any other production related changes to the manuscript. Most of MUP's journals allow Authors to deposit the Accepted Manuscript when the final, Publisher's version (Version of Record) has published online, without an embargo. Some journals have a 12-18 month embargo on depositing the Accepted Manuscript. Authors should check with the Journal's Editor or the MUP Journals Manager if they have any questions.

Authors can publish Gold Open Access articles in our subscription-based, hybrid journals as part of our optional MUP Open programme. The Version of Record is made permanently free to access immediately upon publication on our platform, for an article processing charge (APC), and under the terms of a Creative Commons Licence.

Our Article Processing Charge (APC) is available on application. Payment will be due after the article is accepted for publication and must be received before publication.

Our first fully open access journal is being launched in 2015. Others will follow shortly. 

We are committed to meeting the needs of the research community and have fully Open Access (as opposed to hybrid) projects currently in development. We are always happy to consider OA initiatives and welcome contact from potential partners.

Manchester University Press is committed to not charging institutions twice for Open Access content, in the form of APCs and annual subscriptions (often referred to as ‘double dipping’). The number of Gold OA articles published each year will directly affect the subscription price in the following year.

To discuss the details of OA publishing and MUP Open in any of our journals please contact the MUP Journals Manager.


Manchester University Press is a founding member of the OAPEN project which has led the way in developing a sustainable platform for OA publishing of monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

MUP’s Open Monograph solution offers authors and their funders the opportunity to have published gold open access monographs that will:

• be subject to rigorous peer review
• receive professional copy-editing
• be produced with high-quality design and typesetting
• have a paperback option with professional bespoke cover designs
• offer a consumer ebook option including Kindle, Apple and Nook formats

Availability will initially be through the established OAPEN Library. Other platforms are being developed and content will be made widely available and search-optimised to ensure the maximum possible availability and discoverability of content.

MUP’s Open Monograph offering is a gold route to OA dissemination that requires payment of a publishing charge. There is a base cost of £5,900 for titles up to 80,000 words long and banded costs for longer books.

To discuss all available options please contact the appropriate commissioning editor for your discipline; see Publishing your book with MUP.

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