Our Open Access policy, licensing and copyright terms and zero author charges

All Journal titles published by Pluto Journals became Open Access on 1 January 2021 and for all Journal titles all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions.

All material in all journals published by Pluto Journals titles are distributed using the open CC BY 4.0 license.

This means the copyright holder of published material, within any Pluto Journals title, grants usage rights to others using the open CC BY 4.0 license allowing for immediate, free access to the work and permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose without asking prior permission of the publisher or the author.

The copyright terms of the copyright holder of published material, within any Pluto Journals title, work in agreement with the above, open CC BY 4.0 licensing terms and with the terms of the open access policy.

All Journal titles published by Pluto Journals are free of author charges. This means that authors are not charged any submission fees, editorial processing charges, article processing charges (APCs) or any other charge during any point from submission to publication.

Our Thanks to Libraries Around the World

Thanks to the support of our subscribers, Pluto Journals successfully reached the goal of flipping its complete journal portfolio of 21 titles to Open Access in January 2021. The project “Pluto Open Journals” was realised in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched, and supported by the conceivers of the ground-breaking Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) model Libraria, a group of anthropologists and other social scientists committed to Open Access. Pluto Journals asked libraries and institutions previously subscribing to any of the journals to renew, from January 2021, on a S2O basis, thus contributing to making these journals completely free to readers and authors all over the world. Below, you can find details of the back issue availability dates for select journals where the whole back catalogue is not  available Open Access. 

The Founder and Managing Director of Pluto Journals, Roger van Zwanenberg, has written a letter to colleagues in the social sciences explaining our move to Open Access. In his letter he addresses why we moved to Open Access and its importance for the future of us as a publisher.


Open access has many variants in the world of scholarly publishing. Our variant is called Subscribe to Open or S2O for short. S2O is presupposed on the willingness of the libraries that once subscribed to one or all of PJ Journals for their own library users. Under S2O, the previously subscribing libraries agree to continue paying a subscription-equivalent fee, but in an agreement with PJ, that their journals are made open access for scholars and others to use without payment. As a result of S2O, Pluto Journals usage took off, increasing six times over, on average, in the first few months of open access.

PJ Libraries and Journals

Our journal editors and all the people around the journal, give their time without charge. On the whole, scholarly Journals are created and published as a labour of love by editorial boards who are committed to the subject of the journal. At the same time the connection between each journal and its board have little of no connection with the libraries around the world that once subscribed to their journal. Libraries previously subscribing to our journal titles selflessly agreed to support the journals being flipped to Open Access making them openly available to the entire scholarly community world wide. For this reason, Pluto Journals would like to thank all the libraries that so generously made S2O possible.

Digital Availability Dates

The following Journals have back issues that are available Open Access from the following digital availability dates:

Arab Studies Quarterly


International Journal of Cuban Studies


Policy Perspectives




Socialist Lawyer


State Crime Journal


Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation


World Review of Political Economy


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