10 years since the advent of DORA: Emerald's commitment and contribution to date


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Greater focus on the value and influence of research outputs is needed if the research publishing sector is to improve the evaluation of research.

This is why Emerald, and many other organisations and individuals are signatories of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) – to develop and promote best practice in the assessment of scholarly research worldwide.

On DORA’s 10th anniversary (May 2023), we are reflecting on what our actions have been so far and the responsibility we have as a publisher to help drive change.

While there’s still much more we can and will be doing, the below infographic outlines our progress against DORAs recommendations, along with a number of initiatives and resources that reinforce our commitment to real impact.

Our actions against DORA's 10 recommendations

Over the past few years we have been working hard to help improve how research is assessed. Here you can see some of the actions we have taken against DORA's recommendations.

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Our actions against DORA’s 10 recommendations to help improve how research is assessed.

2019 - 2023

1. Cease the promotion of journal impact factors.

  • Promotional activity, such as press releases, are no longer sent when citation reports are released.

2. Provide article metrics and indicators.

  • The Altmetric badge has been deployed at article level on Emerald Insight for all Emerald journals, where data is available.
  • All journal articles published on Emerald Insight display a download count.
  • We recognise and reward high-quality scholarly research via our Literati Awards.
  • Each journal homepage features a range of relevant indexing and metric information (See example).

3. Adopt the CRediT taxonomy for author contributions.

  • Working towards adopting the CRediT taxonomy.

4. Ensure that all reference data deposited with Crossref is open.

  • Our abstracts are freely accessible and distributed via Crossref.
  • We are a member of the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) formalising our support for openness of abstracts.

5&6. Require authors to make all key data available according to FAIR principles and follow the data citation principles.

  • We encourage authors to share data via our open data policy, but this is not mandated.

7. Encourage the use of unique identifiers (eg RRIDs).

  • Working towards the use of unique identifiers.

8. Require authors to use ORCIDs.

  • We are a member organisation of ORCID and encourage the submitting author to complete their submission using an ORCID ID (the only exception being Emerald’s Health & Social Care Journals, which are practitioner publications).  

9. Publish peer review reports and author responses along with the article.

  • Working towards publishing peer review reports and author responses with articles.

10. Examine ways to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the publishing process.

  • Founding signatory and member of the SDG Publishers Compact.
  • Taken steps to meet our ambition of achieving equal representation across all publishing practices by 2030.
  • Reviewed our books proposal form to include inclusion-orientated questions.
  • Established an Indigenous Peoples Advisory Panel to support and advise on our mission to promote Indigenous voices.
  • Working with the Joint Commitment for Action on Inclusion and Diversity within Publishing, and have added new questions to collect gender, race and ethnicity data within ScholarOne.

Internal action

  • Embedded accountability and ownership by employing an Inclusion Lead to action our plans for diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
  • Improved recruitment practices and processes across the business to ensure relevant actions against SDGs 5, 8 and 10 remain consistent, fair, and reflect the needs of our colleagues and customer communities.

Supporting research impact

Impact Services

Impact services has been developed to help researchers and institutions better understand and tackle impact, offering the tools, learning materials and support to ensure research can lead to positive change.

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Impact Advisory Board

Our Impact Advisory Board is a collaborative, supportive network, where together we explore shared challenges, discuss changes in the Higher Education landscape, and where applicable respond to them, challenge them and champion change.  The Board includes representatives from all areas of the research community, who contribute their understanding and perspectives to foster diverse and varying discussions on the impact debate.

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Are you in?

This sector-wide initiative was created to help inform, develop, and inspire action towards advancing the impact agenda. Bringing together research and academic institutions, policy makers, funders, publishers and service providers, over 500 individuals/organisations are now signatories, pledging their support to 6 commitments for change.

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Championing alternatives to traditional academic metrics & rewards

Aligned to DORA principles, this commitment is focussed on the global need for responsible research assessment. Take a look at just some of the thoughts from our communities relating to this topic, along with relevant content, tools and research.


Develop more equitable & accessible ways to publish research

Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the publishing process is a key recommendation from DORA. It is at the very heart of what Emerald stand for and as a global publisher, it’s vital that we are raising awareness, campaigning for change, and creating new opportunities that allow us to break down barriers and advance diversity and inclusion within the sector.


We share the same ambitions as our communities for the value of research and its impact on society, this is why we were one of the first publishers to sign DORA. The declaration has certainly had an impact on the reform of research assessment. It is appropriate that we all recognise how far we have come by working together across the research and publishing ecosystem, in celebrating what DORA set out to achieve, but also what more still needs to be done. Through various initiatives Emerald remains committed to co-creating a fairer and more inclusive environment for the research communities we all serve, and society more broadly.

Tony Roche, Chief Officer: Publishing & Strategic Relationships (May 2023)

Rewarding positive action


Real Impact Awards

The Real Impact Awards recognise those who go above and beyond to make a difference. They reward innovative approaches to achieving real impact whilst raising the profile of individuals, teams and institutions that are committed to real impact through their research.


Literati Awards

These awards recognise research, published in Emerald Journals or Books that is relevant, contributes something new to the body of knowledge either in terms of approach or subject matter, and has a wide reach and influence within and outside academia.


Hidden REF

The Hidden REF is a long-term initiative to recognise all research outputs and every role that makes research possible.

It began with a competition held in 2021 which showcased the diversity of research outputs in UK research, and the people who work in hidden roles, making vital-but-unrecognised contributions to research.

Emerald very much supports this campaign to address the problems with research assessment and help develop new policies and build new communities. If you do too, then the Hidden REF Festival, taking place on 21 September 2023 in the UK may be of interest.

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Collaborating with our communities and networks


SDG Publishers Compact Fellows

In January 2021 we became a founding signatory of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Publishers Compact and since then we have been working hard to embed the 10 actions across everything we do as a business.


Higher Education Sustainability Initiative

We contribute to the UN-endorsed Higher Education Sustainability Initiative's Joint Task Force on Outcomes and Impact, whose objective is to encourage research and teaching that generates sustainability-related outcomes for the benefit of society globally.