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How-to guides

Expert guidance for authors, editors, reviewers, researchers and students

In-depth support on a range of academic publishing topics, from research methodologies, observation and analysis to how to publish a journal article and ensure it's downloaded, and writing a dissertation. 

You can see what's here using the 'On this page' dropdown list, or find links to all our guidance categories under 'In this section'.


Our research guidance is divided into three categories; within each, you'll find articles to help you plan and carry out your research, and analyse the data and information you collect.

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Research methods

Find guidance on empirical and ethical research, the research process, research studies and using digital tools/Twitter.

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Discover how to conduct a focus group, and use ethnographic methods, questionnaires and repertory grids. 

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Data & analysis

Read about discourse analysis, statistical techniques and secondary data, and how to use archival material.

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Study skills

Take better notes, how to write essays and making the most of your library.

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Use Emerald Insight

Personalise your research journey with an Emerald Insight user profile.

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Authoring, editing & reviewing

Take a look at our guidance on how to write and publish an academic journal article or book, and see optimal results, including help on editing and writing a review.

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For librarians

We've collated all our guidance for librarians here, including links to the librarian toolkit and useful resources.

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Publish with us

Find out how to publish with us and the different options available, including books, journals, case studies and open access. 

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