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Open Access Books

At Emerald we believe in offering a range of open access options to our book authors and their sponsoring bodies. We offer open access across all of our book formats – monographs, handbooks, short form and professional content.

Our open access books content goes through the same rigorous peer review process that all of our book content is put through to ensure we maintain the highest level of quality for all of the research that we publish.

All open access books published by Emerald will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0) by default.  This allows for the unrestricted use, hosting, distribution, and re-use - even for commercial purposes - of all of our open access books, as long as the original source is attributed. Other licenses are available on request.  Please discuss alternative options with your Editor and check with your funding body.

Publishing an Open Access book with Emerald

  1. The full text of the book will be available, for free, to all, immediately upon publication.

  2. The full text will be indexed and searchable as part of the EmeraldInsight platform and will also be indexed by traditional search engines.

  3. Print copies are also available on demand through all standard outlets.

  4. Authors may choose between CC-BY 4.0 and CC-BY-NC 4.0 licenses.

  5. Supplementary data or files are welcomed as part of the ePublication.

  6. Each book will have its own ISBN and its own homepage on


  CCBY 4.0 (GBP) CCBY  4.0 (USD) CCBY 4.0 (EUR)
Monograph £9,000 $13,999 €11,299
Short form £6,000 $9,399 €7,499
Handbook £12,000 $18,699 €14,999

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Peer Review

Following submission of a book proposal, sample material, and CV to an Emerald editor, all proposals are assessed internally and discussed with the author/volume editor to establish whether the project is a good fit for Emerald’s publishing programme. If the Emerald editor decides to pursue the project he/she will send the proposal and accompanying material to qualified scholars in the particular field of research, for peer review.

When the review is complete, the editor will send the report (after making the reviewer anonymous) before inviting a formal response from the author. With the original proposal, sample material, review, and response, the Emerald editor will then present the book to our Editorial Board for approval to publish.

Emerald reserves the right to reject proposals following a negative review, and at any stage in the process. In the case of a negative review, Emerald may invite a response from the author and/or solicit a further review from another scholar to verify the comments of the first reviewer. If extensive changes are suggested, the author may be required to revise and resubmit the proposal. We may commission a final full-manuscript review (ideally from our proposal reviewer) when the manuscript is complete, before the book goes into production.

Emerald uses a single blind review process for all proposal and manuscript reviews, and follows best practice to ensure anonymity of reviewers and the independence of reviews.