Frequently Asked Questions

What are McKinsey's main publications?

McKinsey publishes across a variety of platforms, and the great majority of our external content is available here on This includes articles, white papers, reports, videos, and podcasts. This site is also the home of McKinsey Quarterly and the McKinsey Global Institute:

  • For more than 50 years, the Quarterly has set the agenda for top managers globally. It includes articles, video, audio, and other content from McKinsey consultants and external experts. For more information, please visit McKinsey Quarterly.
  • The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) is our business and economics research arm. Established in 1990, MGI provides leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors with facts and insights. For more information, please visit MGI.

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What is the McKinsey Insights app?

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Does McKinsey accept article submissions?

While the majority of our articles are written by McKinsey consultants and alumni, we do accept submissions from external thought leaders and practitioners. The bar is the same for all authors: we look for thinking that is novel, useful, and rigorously substantiated. For external contributors, we also attach weight to work that sheds light on topics that are a priority for our firm and to submissions from recognized leaders in their field.

To explore whether McKinsey might be interested in publishing your work, please email us at We review both drafts and proposals. If your submission holds promise, we will be in touch to discuss the content and clarify our editorial process.