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Publishing Ethos

Emerald is a progressive publisher, passionate about bringing research to life in a way that leads to meaningful real-world change. We bridge the gap between research and the real world and look to publish the kind of research that, little by little, leads to positive change in the world.

What we as a publisher ask of ourselves

We champion evidence-based research that challenges the status quo and leads to better, more informed decision making for the greater good of society.  As a responsible partner to the communities we serve, we focus on quality, pushing the boundaries of fresh thinking, and helping our authors to develop their pathways to impact through evidence-based research.

We are open to all authors or topics that help to create change in the world.  Our core ethos and that of our editorial teams is to help authors publish content with the following characteristics:

  • Thought-provoking and aligned to societal impact
  • Credible, trustworthy with a balanced viewpoint
  • Champions fresh thinking
  • High quality and evidence-based
  • Abides by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines
  • Empowers and equips decision makers and others to make smarter choices.

What we ask of our authors

It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that their treatment of topics, whilst thought provoking and on occasion controversial, is also contextualised, evidence-based and appropriately referenced. Our publishing team is there to help and will support authors in shining a light on compelling content and topics. We champion the kind of content that leads to impactful, meaningful change.

We help authors in areas where content can be experimental or seen as not mainstream. However, authors should be mindful of potential conflicts of interest as well as relevant permissions and consents needed.

On the rare occasion we may need to make a judgement call on whether to publish, we do this in conjunction with our authors, always in an open, honest and collaborative way. Our Head of Publishing is the main conduit for any difficult or challenging decisions on what we feel may be outside these publishing tenets, and will be the main point of contact for authors, should this situation arise.