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Award categories: about the awards and how they are chosen

Awards for journals

Outstanding Papers

The Outstanding Papers form the backbone of the awards. Each journal published by Emerald is invited to select a winner of the "Outstanding Paper" award and up to three "Highly Commended" awards from the previous year's volume. As these are chosen following consultation amongst the journal's editorial team, many of whom will be eminent academics or managers, the winning authors will know that their paper was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team will have seen throughout last year. We often find previous winners have noted their award on their CV or list of publications.

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Outstanding Reviewers

Peer reviewers are the guardians of the body of knowledge, ensuring that every published paper makes a genuine contribution. They also provide an immensely valuable service to authors – the advice from reviewers is some of the best they will receive on developing as an author and researcher. This award recognizes that, without the efforts and dedication of our reviewers, Emerald journals would not have the right to be called scholarly.  

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Awards for book series

In previous years we have run the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence program for our journals. We are passionate about recognizing and rewarding the efforts of our authors and editors and celebrating the outstanding contributions many have made to the body of knowledge. Following the success of the awards with our journals, and the acquisition of Emerald book series, we have included book series in our awards program since 2010.

Outstanding Author Contribution Award

This initiative is to reward those authors who have contributed something new and of significant value to the body of knowledge, either in terms of approach or subject matter.One chapter per volume can be chosen, selected by the Series Editor and Volume Editor(s) with input from the editorial board. 

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Emerald Citations of Excellence

Each year Emerald Group Publishing awards certificates to highly cited papers – from all publishers, not just Emerald – relating to the areas of Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Economics and Marketing, subjects in which Emerald itself has proudly published journals for nearly 50 years. The selection process made by our own editorial experts is based initially on the citations being given to papers published in a previous year (in this case 2012), but our judging panel also take into account the content of the papers themselves in terms of novelty, inter-disciplinary interest and relevancy in today's world. While high academic and research standards are a pre-requisite, these selections are of course ultimately subjective, but they are also a reflection of the high quality of work published in 2012.