'Liberating' new imprint from Palgrave Macmillan

'Liberating' new imprint from Palgrave Macmillan

Palgrave Macmillan is to launch a global imprint which it claims will "liberate" scholarship from the "straitjacket" of traditional formats and business models.

Palgrave Pivot will publish across the humanities and social sciences, offering authors the flexibility of publishing mid-length texts which are too long to be journal articles and too short to stand as conventional monographs.

Publications from the new imprint will be available as digital collections for libraries, as individual e-books for personal use, or as digitally produced print editions. Palgrave Pivot will also prioritise speed of delivery, undertaking to publish within three months of accepting a piece after peer review.

Palgrave Macmillan executive director Samantha Burridge called the venture a "market-changing initiative" which presented the humanities and social sciences with an alternative publishing model. "We feel strongly that the restraints of the print format are no longer necessary," she said, adding that academics across the disciplines had been "very keen" to hear of the project.

Palgrave Pivot will launch in autumn 2012.