We launched Real Impact to help our research communities see the impact of their work. Read more about our manifesto for change and how we demonstrate our commitment to impact through our research, products and our Real Impact Awards.
Research that has real world impact goes beyond citation counts and makes a difference. It’s about communities joining together to find solutions that result in positive change. We refer to impact as the provable effects of research in the real world. We appreciate it’s not always easy for academics and researchers to see the impact of their work. That’s why we’ve launched ‘Real Impact’ to aid the cause and call on research communities to come together and break down barriers.
Committed to creating real impact
Sustainable Development Goals
We publish research that challenges conventional thinking and delivers real impact in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Explore our content in these key areas.
Transparent, accessible products
We are committed to offering transparent, accessible products that ensures the right content goes to the right people, at the right time.
Supporting all forms of open research
We are passionate about supporting all forms of open research and aim to make research more discoverable and accessible to all.
What counts as impact?
The word impact is used in many ways across the national and international research sector. For Emerald, and for many key partners, impact is the provable effects of research in the real world.
Institutional Healthcheck Workbook
This workbook is designed to help institutions consider how ‘healthy’ they are in terms of supporting and generating impact, and identify how they can improve it.
Impact Literacy Workbook
This workbook is designed to help individuals think through some of the key aspects of impact and to help develop skills in impact planning.
Demonstrating the real impact of research
We believe our role is to help researchers tell their story in a more meaningful way. Read some examples of the true impact of research in the real world.
Real Impact is valuable insight that improves efficiency
The Rotterdam School of Management have used Big Data analytics to help Royal FloraHolland improve its supply of cut flowers.
Real Impact is connecting research and practice
New teacher-focused research conducted at three Chestnut Learning Federation schools has led to better writing outcomes for summer-born children.
Real Impact is tackling criminal issues head on
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has created a toolkit to help the hospitality industry and other stakeholders reduce human trafficking.
Real impact is empowering people to reject plastic bottles
Associate Professor Beth Choate and Assistant Professor Brittany Davis – along with 20 second-year majors, have led a project to reduce bottled water usage on their campus.
Real Impact Advisory Board
Implemented in 2018, Emerald’s Impact Advisory Board was established to support the research community and help us play a key role in furthering the impact agenda. The Impact Advisory Board works to bring our communities together and break down the barriers to real-world change.
The Impact Advisory 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.
Real impact blog
We believe everyone can make a real impact – read our blogs or join our conversations and help bring your research to life. Together we can make a difference.
Author: Dr. Emma Stone Ensuring quality education for all is a vital tool in the fight to eradicate poverty. We know this from the everyday…
13th August 2020
Author: Leslie Villegas So, you’ve decided to write a policy brief, now what? Policy briefs are a great way to use research as a call to action, but…
12th August 2020
Author: Maria Gintova-Ryerson University, Canada Bridging the gap between academia and practice has been a matter of many discussions, both within…
23rd July 2020
Authors: Axel Klein, Global Drug Observatory, Swansea UniversityBlaine Stothard, Independent Consultant June 26 marks two major events in the drug…
26th June 2020
We are proud to drive positive change. We aim to deliver real impact. We care about doing the right things to build a better, more sustainable future for all.
Whether it’s the future of research assessment, open access or finding new ways make research be more accessible & discoverable, we want to influence positive change.
Being a responsible business is at the heart of everything we do. We believe in taking responsibility and working collaboratively with our partners, communities and colleagues to make a positive impact on a local and global scale.