Our objective is to ensure the widest possible dissemination of research and future innovation in scholarly communication. We seek to respond specifically to the needs of researchers in the disciplines we serve and continue to review our policies on a regular basis.
Publishing Director Tony Roche talks about Emerald's approach to Open Access and its efforts to work closely with the academic communities it serves to balance the requirements and rights of authors, funders and policy makers, with the sustainability and development of titles.
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Key Principles of Emerald’s Open Access Policy:
Emerald currently offers two routes for Open Access, Green Open Access (Green OA) and Gold Open Access (Gold OA).
Emerald's Green OA route offers all Emerald authors of journal articles the option to make their research openly available, free from payment and time restrictions.
Once an article has been published by Emerald, an author may voluntarily post their own version of the article that was submitted to the journal (pre-print) or the version of the article that has been accepted for publication (post-print) onto their own personal website or into their own institutional repository with no payment or embargo period. Authors may also use their own version of the paper (pre-print or post-print) for their own teaching purposes. Exceptions to this policy:
In a new pilot from July 2015 for authors who submit articles to Library and Information Science and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals, the post-print version of this article can be deposited by the author into their respective institutional repository immediately upon official publication. To see a list of journals currently under this trial, please refer to this list.
For further information on author's rights, definition of terms and correct referencing conventions, please refer to the Emerald Author Rights page.
Emerald has offered a Gold OA route to its authors of articles in any Emerald journal published after the 1st April 2013. This is sometimes referred to as the "author pays" or "hybrid" model. The Gold OA route complies with the requirements made by funding bodies around the world, such as the RCUK or the Wellcome Trust, whereby mandates mean that the author must arrange for the research to be made openly accessible.
If an author has received direct funding and is mandated to make the branded Publisher PDF (also known as the "Version of Record") freely available immediately upon publication, the author has the option to pay an APC.
For authors wishing to publish using the Gold OA route, please refer to the following guidelines.
How does Emerald's "Gold OA" route work?
What happens if I have a mandate but no publication funds are available?
Emerald and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Emerald is now accepting proposals for Open Access books. For further information please refer to our Open Access Books page.
If you have any queries about Open Access or our policies, then please contact us and we will be happy to deal with your enquiry. In addition, Emerald has also prepared some Frequently Asked Questions (below) to help understanding of its policy and Open Access as a whole.
Q: What are Article Processing Charges (APCs)?
A: APCs allow authors to make their work freely available, subject to acceptance following peer review. APCs subsidize the costs associated with our editorial systems, production (such as typesetting and subediting) and hosting (including perpetual archiving through the LOCKSS and Portico schemes). This cost is usually covered by the grants authors receive from research funding agencies. The payment of an APC allows articles to be made Open Access immediately, but is entirely independent of, and holds no bias over the editorial and peer review processes operated by Emerald journals.
Q: What if I do not want my articles published through Open Access?
A: Authors who have received direct funding with a mandate may be obliged to make subsequent research articles openly accessible (it may be worth consulting with your funding body about the mandate appropriate to your research). However, the majority of authors may publish their research through academic journals as they have done previously.
Q: What do you mean by "official publication"?
A: Official publication refers to the date that the Emerald-branded version (the Version of Record) is made available. It does not refer to the EarlyCited version (in press article).
Q: How do I pay to make my article OA?
A: When an article is accepted for publication, authors who have indicated they have a mandate will be asked to pay the APC (currently $1,595 USD or £995 GBP for most journals; $2,695 USD or £1,650 for Engineering and Technology journals) with VAT added as applicable under UK VAT rules. Payment will be requested in the form of an invoice that can be paid by the author directly or arranged with an appropriate funding agency or academic institution, depending on the location of those funds. Please note payment can only be accepted by BACS transfer or cheque.
The article will not be assigned to an issue and proofs will not be sent to the corresponding author until payment has been received.
Authors wishing to make their article Gold OA should check with their institutional APC administrator (prior to submission) to ensure that funds for APCs are still available.
Q: Under what circumstances are APC refunds made?
A: For a full outline of the circumstances in which APC refunds are offered, please see our APC refund policy.
Q: I don't have an OA mandate, but my co-author does. What do we do?
A: Your co-author will need to contact their institutional administrator to check the stipulations of their mandate. The person who has a mandate and needs to pay an APC must be designated as the corresponding author at the point of submission in order to receive the invoice.