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Author Guidelines for Emerald Series and Books


Order of Material

Please adhere to the following order (per chapter):

For new books that require an alternative style and/or format please discuss with the Commissioning Editor.

Manuscript Requirements

Structured Abstract

Authors must supply a structured abstract set out under 4-6 sub-headings:

Maximum is 250 words in total. Please provide up to six keywords which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper and categorize your paper under one of these classifications:

For more information and visit the guidance page on structured abstracts.

Figures, Tables and Illustrations

Mathematical Characters

For reasons of conversion it is preferred, albeit not mandatory, that mathematics/linguistic characters in the file are produced through the facilities of the program itself (e.g. the equation editor of MS Word, or LaTeX for maths). If the equations have been produced by making use of some special program other than that used for the body of the text, the conversion to the typesetting system is a more complex matter.

Footnotes and Endnotes


Appendices will be placed at the end of the reference section. The numbering of the figures and tables in the Appendix should be named as A1, A2, A3, etc., even if there is only one Appendix. If a chapter contains 2 appendices, the first appendix should be named as Appendix A and the second appendix should be named as Appendix B. Further, if Appendix A has 3 equations, the equations should be named as A.1, A.2 and A.3.


Reference list


Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication. Emerald is unable to publish any copy which has permission pending. The rights Emerald require are:

  1. Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.
  2. Print and electronic rights.
  3. Worldwide English language rights.
  4. To use the material for the life of the work (i.e. there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material e.g. a one-year licence).

When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts from another source, it is expected that:

  1. Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript.
  2. Authors obtain any proof of consent statements
  3. If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.
  4. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.
  5. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use. Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Upon submission, authors should complete the Permissions Checklist form and attach to the Manuscript Release Form. A permissions request form is available for use.

Emerald is a member of the STM Association and participates in the reciprocal free exchange of material with other STM members. This may mean that in some cases, authors do not need to clear permission for re-use of content. Authors should check the STM website to find participating publishers and follow STM’s permissions guidelines.

Final Submission

Word is preferred but if not possible, the following are accepted: