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Emerald Announce Library and Information Science Journals Green Open Access Trial

Zero Embargo trial for articles submitted to selected Library and Information Science and Information and Knowledge Management journals

Bingley, United Kingdom, 10 July 2015 – Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice, today announces the launch of its Green Open Access, Zero Embargo trial, applicable for all mandated articles submitted to the company’s Library and Information Science (LIS) and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals.

This change allows authors to deposit the post-print version of the article into their respective institutional repository immediately upon official publication, rather than after Emerald’s 24 month embargo period for mandated articles.

Emerald made the decision to trial the zero month embargo period following consultation with its newly formed Librarian Advisory Group (LAG). The group is made up of leading editors and authors from Emerald Library Studies and Information Management journals, alongside other key academics in Library Studies and adjacent disciplines. The group discusses and advises Emerald on issues of common interest in the LIS field including Open Access policy and editorial best practice.

Tony Roche, Publishing Director at Emerald, said: “We are committed to supporting the academic community and remain dedicated to publishing high impact, rigorous research in a timely manner.  This is achieved by working closely with our customers, putting their needs and desired outcomes at the centre of everything we do.

As the journals included in this trial reflect the key role librarians and information managers play in the dissemination of research, the feedback we gain from it will help us to develop a sustainable approach for the Library and Information Science community, combining optimal dissemination with world-class publishing services for authors, readers and libraries.”

The evaluation of this trial will help to inform future Emerald Open Access initiatives. Emerald will work with its Librarian Advisory Group to assess the impact of the trial, by monitoring the quality and volume of submissions, feedback from authors, and readership figures from both the Emerald platform and institutional repositories.

For further information on Emerald’s Open Access policy, including a list of the journals included in this trial, visit

Notes to Editors

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 (with the exception of funded research where Emerald’s standard 24 month embargo period applies to mandated articles).

Further information on authors rights can be found here:

In a new pilot from July 2015, 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, rather than Emerald’s standard 24 month embargo period.

The journals currently under this trial are as follows:
Collection Building
Interlending & Document Supply
Library Hi Tech
Library Hi Tech News
Library Management
Library Review
New Library World
OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives
Performance Measurement and Metrics
Reference Reviews
Reference Services Review
The Bottom Line
Aslib Journal of Information Management
The Electronic Library
Information and Computer Security
Information Technology & People
Internet Research
Journal of Documentation
Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Online Information Review 

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