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Open access to extend impact

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Open Access supplements: supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As part of our commitment to extend impact within and beyond academia, we are publishing a number of special, open access issues in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At a UN Summit in September 2015 the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The goals, which were developed to mobilize efforts to ‘end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change,’ call for action by all countries, irrespective of income status, to promote prosperity whilst also protecting the planet.

Driving change

Academic research forms a vital part in informing and driving change. In keeping with the UN’s desire that the Goals be universal, inclusive and indivisible, we recognize the importance of ensuring that research output in these vital areas reaches a truly global audience.

  • Across our portfolio of books and journals we publish a wealth of research that supports the themes outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals, with particular focus on areas such as Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities; and Climate Action
  • Over the course of 2017-18, we will publish 12 supplements in line with the Sustainable Development Goal themes
  • We are pleased to publish these supplements as open access, ensuring that the articles are freely available to access and reuse from anywhere in the world
  • All costs associated with making the issues open access will be covered by Emerald with no cost to the authors.

Extending impact

Emerald Reach is designed to extend impact by making open access content accessible online, in the media, and beyond the academy.

In addition to many hybrid journals, we publish fully open access titles in subjects that support the drive to meet many of the world’s global challenges. By promoting research in these areas we hope to make a real contribution to tackling these important issues and to highlighting the importance research plays in developing and improving lives.

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Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Cover image: Industrial Management & Data Systems.Special issue on: 'Data-driven Food Supply Chain Management and Systems'

Industrial Management & Data Systems


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This special issue focuses on up-to-date research and applications of data-driven models and systems for food supply chain management (FSCM), aiming to reduce food waste and improve logistics efficiency for a sustainable future.

Specifically, this special issue addresses the following questions:

  • What cutting-edge technologies could be used for facilitating the FSCM and how to capture, process and visualize the data for advanced decision-making?
  • How to build up mathematical models to make full use of the captured data to achieve optimal decisions under different situations?
  • How to integrate models and IT systems to support the FSCM based on the data-driven fashions and how to apply these systems in various real industrial implementations?
  • What lessons and insights could be achieved from using the data-driven models and systems in FSCM so that governmental and strategic implications could be observed?

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Climate Action

Cover image: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management.Special issue on: ‘Managing organizations for climate change mitigation and adaptation: moving the agenda forward’

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

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Sustainability has been considered a paramount ingredient of organizational excellence. After the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21), Paris, 2015, climate change has been recognized by many organizational leaders as one of the greatest problems faced by humanity, in need of future global climate change policies and actions, according to the 13th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) “Climate Action”.

At the organizational level, strategies will need to be managed considering climate change mitigation purposes in order to contribute to initiatives related to climate action and the SDGs. Neglecting climate action can put organizations in a dangerous trap, damaging their competitive objectives. On the other hand, climate action can generate a myriad of benefits for proactive organizations.

The benefits include potential operational improvements, anticipating and influencing climate change regulations, accessing new sources of capital and funding, improving risk management and resilience, enhancing corporate reputation, identifying new green market opportunities, and enhancing human resource management. However, the picture of challenges and opportunities related to managing organizations for effective climate action is not clear. In this context, the aim of this special issue is to build a bridge between organizational management and climate action by presenting seven outstanding articles in this field.

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Decent Work and Economic Growth

Cover image: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.Special issue on: ‘Integrating Perspectives in the Informal Economy’

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy



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This issue aims to stimulate inter-disciplinary discussions to broaden and deepen our understanding of the informal economy – which includes both undeclared (but legal) work and illegal, criminal trade and work. It considers how widespread this form of employment is, the challenges of accurately measuring it, and the likely causes and consequences of an informal economy – one that is most likely to thrive in developing economies.

Papers deal with subjects that range from money laundering in Europe to waste picking in India – highlighting the breadth and depth of the informal economy and the diverse relationships found between this and the formal sector. It is hoped that the dialogue created here has the potential to improve the lives of informal economy workers.

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Decent Work and Economic Growth

Cover image: Employee Relations.Special issue on: ‘Low Pay and the Living Wage’

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This special issue focuses on the emerging theme of the living wage and the crucial issue of how institutions have developed to reduce low paid employment, particularly in the UK. It also highlights the challenge, both internationally and in the UK posed by the need for an income to be measured, not in terms of poverty levels but in providing a sufficient and sustainable standard of living.

The development of international living wage networks and developing body of living wage research literature has moved the living wage to the centre of labour market and workplace discussions, and is at the centre of initiatives to determine pay in a more ethical and sustainable response to the challenge of low pay for workers. Given these current circumstances this is an opportune time for a cross-national review of wage measures to date.

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