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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

Can Aotearoa's (New Zealand's) Indigenous communities achieve sustainable health equity in the absence of widespread cultural reform?

Dr Amohia Boulton and Dr Tanya Allport, Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, New Zealand, discuss the alarming disparity between the…

24th June 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Building trust with Indigenous communities

Ashley Richard discusses the history of unethical and harmful research that has created barriers between researchers and many Indigenous communities…

21st June 2022

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Opinion and Blog

It’s the small things that matter: zine making as a creative approach within tertiary education

Dr Dianne Wepa discusses using a creative teaching approach to highlight strategies to address loneliness, particularly since a return to face-to-…

14th June 2022

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Opinion and Blog

'Coming out' – my disability disclosure dilemma

Throughout history, society has largely viewed disabilities as problems to be solved, rather than as accepted human variations. Find out more in this…

14th June 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Three questions organisations should answer before attempting to indigenise the boardroom

Answers given by business leaders to these to these three important questions may reveal the need for a complete overhaul of a company's practices

8th June 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Black doctorates matter & the science of healing the academy

As the atrocities of slavery and injustice victimised Black and Brown bodies in the name of science in academia, the healing of the academy should be…

1st June 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Reskilling etutors for quality facilitation in an open distance elearning environment: a South African experience

Social learning on connected platforms is the future of etutoring. Reskilling etutors is crucial to bridge the gap between educators and learners in…

1st June 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Invisibility of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians in boardrooms: A missed opportunity?

To move forward and to bloom with her true colours, Australian government needs to employ long-term, systematic, genuine and concerted efforts,…

31st May 2022

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Opinion and Blog

The whiteboard: ethnic diversity in corporate Australia

Should more stringent public, industry and governmental pressures be placed on Australian companies to compel them towards adopting a broader view of…

31st May 2022

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Opinion and Blog

Educational equity & anti-bullying in Northern Ontario, Canada

Robyn O'Loughlin asks whether or not educators can critically evaluate their experiences, attitudes and assumptions and how these may impact the…

30th May 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.

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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. 

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