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Emerald Publishing launches a fund of £20,000 to cover article processing charges, supporting Social Scientists in making their research on health emergencies such as Coronavirus (Covid-19) rapidly available

Bingley, United Kingdom, 16th March 2020 – Emerald Publishing has today announced that it has launched a publishing fund of £20,000 to cover the article publishing charges (APCs) for any research that relates to societal impacts as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and similar health emergencies.  


As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to spread, Emerald Publishing wants to help researchers disseminate timely and relevant findings which will benefit all of society. The company is striving to help researchers in related topics to make their research freely accessible across the globe using Emerald Open Research an innovative open access research platform which supports rapid publication, an open data policy and open peer review process.   


Vicky Williams, CEO at Emerald Publishing said “Emerald believes passionately in academia, policy makers and industry working together to drive positive change. I believe that we can make a genuine difference in the world, and as a community, if we work together and do what we can to share learnings. That’s why we’ve created this fund to get as much research in this field open and freely available, as rapidly as we can. We know that as well as the need for medical and hard sciences research, social sciences research is vital to the prevention, management and understanding the wider societal impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).” 


The company is calling all social scientists working in the following interdisciplinary research areas to get in touch as quickly as possible so they can help share their research findings: 


·         Workplace management and planning  

·         HR practices and employment procedures 

·         Government policies and procedures  

·         New technologies and innovations 

·         Health care systems, services and funding 

·         Mental health and wellbeing implications  

·         Education and learning accessibility  

·         Responsible leadership and management  

·         Hospitality and tourism  

·         Economic implications and planning procedures  


Researchers can visit to find details on how to publish their related research and gain access to any information as it becomes live.  


The company has also brought together a number of research resources related to the Coronavirus group of viruses, and epidemics which you can read here.


In a further move to support the global community, Emerald Publishing have joined the signatories on the Wellcome Trust's Statement, which is designed to ensure that research findings and data, relevant to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response and help save lives.