New open access programme addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals


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We support the Sustainable Development Goals

Research has told us that making a difference to society is important to you. With a growing interest in open research, many academics are putting a greater importance on the impact of research in society.

This is why our new series of gold open access (OA) journals, give you the opportunity to publish your research that will influence thinking, change policies and practice, and make a positive difference to lives beyond academia.

Since 2019, over 60% of Emerald’s journal author community have already published on topics that are closely aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The OA journal programme focuses on extending these networks, concentrating on co-creating applied, interdisciplinary research. Each of the new open access journals are aligned to one or more UN SDGs to ensure they address many of the existential challenges facing our planet and society today.

All published articles, reviews, commentaries and policy briefs will be rapidly disseminated and published using the author’s choice of Creative Commons OA license.

New open access journals

Submissions for each of the new journals below are now open. Click on the journal to find out more information on their aims and scope aligned to the sustainable development goals, author guidelines, editorial boards and submission links.

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Article processing charges will be waived for content submitted in the first year following the launch of each journal.

Journal of Social Impact in Business Research

Journal of Social Impact in Business Research

SDG goal 12

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 12, exploring the social impact of business research, policies, and trends.

APC waived until: 01 July 2025

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Machine Learning and Data Science in Geotechnics

SDG goal 09

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 9, encompassing three aspects of sustainable development: industry, innovation, and infrastructure.

APC waived until: 31 March 2025
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Journal of Responsible Production and Consumption

SDG goal 12

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 12, advancing knowledge in resources, energy efficiency and sustainable infrastructure.

APC waived until: 01 September 2024

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Quality Education for All

SDG goal 4

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, addressing the fundamental challenges facing education and learning today and, in the future.

APC waived until: 01 September 2024

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International Perspectives on Health Equity

SDG goal 3

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, advancing knowledge on all aspects of health equity.

APC waived until: 01 September 2024

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Urbanization, Sustainability and Society

SDG goal 3

Contributes to the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goal 11, addressing the sustainable development of cities across the globe.

APC waived until: 01 September 2024


Additional journals in the gold open access collection


International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

This is an open access journal which provides a platform for papers assessing approaches to combat and cope with climate change.
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Mental Illness

Mental Illness is an online-only, international, open access peer-reviewed journal which publishes scientific papers concerning the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
Geotechnical Research

Geotechnical Research

Geotechnical Research aims to disseminate knowledge, on any aspect of modern geotechnics, through the Gold Open Access model, to engineers worldwide.

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

Professor Walter Leal, Editor of International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, gives their view on the benefits and achievements so far of publishing fully open access.

Read Professor Leal's blog

Our stance on the UN SDGs

Supporting the publication and impact of research and ideas aligned to the UN SDGs is part of our ethos and a long-term commitment.

As a signatory of the UN SDG Publisher Compact, we are working hard to embed their 10 recommendations across everything we do. Take a look at the progress we are making to help achieve a sustainable future for all.

Our progress on the SDG Publishers Compact

View the SDG Publishers Compact top action tips for bringing SDGs into your research

Emerald Publishing Services

We are proud to publish 80 research journals on behalf of partners around the world, all disseminated via Platinum Open Access.

See the full details of the programme

Helpful information

If you are new to publishing open access or simply have more questions, you may be able to find the answers via the links below.

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Discover what routes there are to publishing open access with us

Read about our green, gold and platinum policies, article processing charges and funding.


Why publish open access?

Whichever route you choose when you publish open access (OA) with us, our liberal policies ensure your work can be made immediately and permanently available online for anyone to access.


Demystifying open access

Watch a series of myth-busting videos, where special guests dispel some myths about open access, such as open access articles being low quality or sharing data means losing control of intellectual property.

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Emerald Open Research now closed to submissions

In 2019 we launched Emerald Open Research (EOR), an innovative and pioneering open research platform, and a first of its kind within social sciences.

Over the past four years, we’ve been listening to our community of authors to ensure EOR meets their needs and expectations of publishing using a full open research model, including rapid publication, open peer review and commentary.

What we’ve learnt is that, while a number of researchers in the social sciences are ready to embrace fully open research workflows, many still wish to publish in journals with traditional citation-based metrics, or need further support to develop more confidence and experience in managing open data.

As a result, we have taken the decision to close Emerald Open Research at the end of 2023, with the platform now closed to submissions.

Our new gold open access journals will now form part of our open offering, alongside our open access books programme.

Read our full EOR FAQs

Can we help?

If you still have a few questions around publishing open access or unsure which is the right route for you, then we’d be happy to help.

Please fill in the form to the right and a member of our team will be in touch.

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