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Emerald celebrates winners of its annual high usage awards 2021

14th June 2021

Emerald Publishing has announced the top 20 global academic institutions with the highest number of downloads of its eJournal content throughout 2020, as part of its annual high usage award.

The award, now in its 11th year, celebrate the relationship between Emerald and the winning institutions whilst also highlighting the global reach of our research.

This year, the institutions in the top three positions are Egyptian Knowledge Bank Data Center, which has moved up from second spot to top this year with 571,136 downloads, followed by Universiti Teknologi MARA which had 530,967 downloads. In third place for the second year running, is Liberty University in Texas, USA with 294,408 downloads.

This year saw a total of five institutions from the United Kingdom, five from Australia, three from Indonesia and two from Malaysia. Institutions from Egypt, United States of America, Netherlands, Thailand and Lithuania are also featured.

Laura Ingle, Head of Marketing at Emerald, commented on the value of these awards, saying: "The High Usage Awards enable us to reward the loyalty of our customers and our relationships with institutions and academics from all over the world. We are delighted to see the global reach of our research and its high quality, all which wouldn’t be possible without the work undertaken by all our authors, editors and peer reviewers.

"As a signatory of DORA, Emerald is committed to establishing new pathways to impact, making research more accessible and helping communities make decisions that change their world for the better."


Notes for Editors

The top 20 winning institutions with the highest usage of Emerald eJournal content in descending order are:

  1. Egyptian Knowledge Bank Data Center, Egypt
  2. Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  3. Liberty University, USA
  4. Universitas Trisakti, Indonesia
  5. RMIT University, Australia
  6. University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania
  7. Griffith University, Australia
  8. University of Liverpool, UK
  9. Assumption University of Thailand, Thailand
  10. Northumbria University, UK
  11. Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
  12. Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  13. Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  14. Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  15. Tilburg University, Netherlands
  16. Macquarie University, Australia
  17. Monash University, Australia
  18. University of Birmingham, UK
  19. Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  20. University of Manchester, UK


About Emerald:

Emerald Publishing provides a range of publishing services to help researchers tell their story in a meaningful and timely way, providing innovative tools and services to build confidence and capability in impactful research. As a proud signatory of DORA, Emerald is committed to establishing new pathways to impact, making research more accessible, and helping communities make decisions that change their world for the better. For over 50 years Emerald’s core purpose has been to champion fresh thinkers and help them make a difference so that little by little those in academia or in practice can unite to bring positive change in the real world. Emerald Publishing is delighted to be named Independent Publisher of the Year and Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year in the Independent Publishers Guild 2020 Independent Publishing Awards.

Notes on Emerald Publishing & usage during COVID-19

At present we are living in a difficult and uncertain time around the world, as we face the fight against COVID-19. Now, more than ever, people need quick and easy online access to the information we publish on Emerald Insight and the opportunities to share their research, so we are keen to ensure that all of our users have access to research, even if institutions are closed. To help with any issues, and keep people up to date with new information we launched our Customer Support Portal.

We have made research on COVID-19, the management of epidemics and pandemics, and supply chain management free for anyone to access and have also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organisation repository. We will continue to make relevant research freely available on this site.


Gemma Clulow
PR Manager
Emerald Publishing
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