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 and offer green Open Access self-deposit of the author’s post-print files. We define post-print as the version of the paper after peer-review, with revisions having been made but before copy-editing and typesetting have taken place; it does not allow for the deposit of MUP’s proof or press-ready files.

Our journals all offer a hybrid solution, MUP Open, to allow gold OA content to appear within a subscription-funded journal. Gold Open Access means the article will be identical to the traditionally published papers in the journal and be distributed at the same time and in exactly the same way but all online access to the content will be freely available and Open Access at the point of publication under the terms of a Creative Commons Licence.

Our standard 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.

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.

We are a not-for-profit publisher and our subscription rates are designed to generate the income required to cover fully the publication costs and create a modest margin to help develop the individual journal. As APCs become an established stream of income they will help ensure a sustainable future for financially-vulnerable specialist publications, and limit price increases and have the potential to reduce subscription rates for high-demand titles.

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 printed 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 and the Manchester University Press website. 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.

Paperbacks and consumer ebooks will be sold and marketed in the same way as MUP’s non-OA books.

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. For example:

• up to 80K words £5900
• 80--100K words £6500
• 100--120K words £7100
• 120--140K words £7700

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