Our impact

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.

Real Impact

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. 


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.


Impact resources

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.


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.

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Real Impact Awards

Our Real Impact Awards celebrate the commitment to impact by the research community across the globe.

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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. 

Opinion and Blog

Technology-driven businesses and moral compass

Rohini Balapumi & Rubaiyet Khan ask; do we understand how the scenario and importance of being moral have become more relevant today due to the…

9th November 2022

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Opinion and Blog

The role of governments and organisations in rebuilding public trust

Dr Hassan Imam, Kyoto University, Japan on how trust is fundamental to human relationships, whether between individuals at the micro level,…

31st October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

From the voluntary to mandatory regime: An account of modern slavery disclosure from Australian companies

Discusses modern slavery, and how the Australian government has attempted to tackle this with the introduction of its Modern Slavery Act.

27th October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Why we need more ethical leadership in business

Unethical behaviour may result from flawed individuals, unethical workplaces or wrong systems, but in all three cases ethical leadership is crucial…

27th October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Stakeholder capitalism & the political limits of corporate morality

While stakeholder capitalism will always align with the agenda of corporate power, real social impact requires a resurgence of democracy and a…

27th October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Common traps that impact the adoption of moral compass in leadership

Great leaders also have the courage to stand against unethical practices. Nevertheless, often some leaders fail in making ethical judgment as they…

27th October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Trust is the foundation of social order & a fairer society

At the micro level, interpersonal trust – the tapestry that holds a society together – also permeates organisations, leading to organisational trust…

25th October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Aspire & inspiring: a quest for lifelong learning alternatives

New approaches to educational inequities are needed, especially for those who are vulnerable and have chronic learning challenges, which often result…

21st October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management's transition to open access

Walter Leal, Editor of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, discusses the decision to switch the journal from a…

18th October 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Trust is key to building a fairer society

Wendy Purcell, Goal Advisor for the Fairer Society, discusses how trust is central to treating others fairly and an essential element in creating a…

11th October 2022

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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.

Richard Bevan, Emerald Group CEO

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Our stance

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.


Our commitment

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.