Emerald Publishing partners with Jisc to combine access to Emerald’s research with a sustainable approach to green open access

11th December 2020

Emerald Publishing is delighted to announce a new three-year agreement with Jisc, the UK research and education not-for-profit. The agreement is one of the first of its kind, bringing leading applied research to members in an initiative that helps authors in humanities and social sciences auto-deposit green open access papers in institutional repositories, saving time and reducing the administrative effort of tracking down deposit copies.

Building on Emerald’s existing zero embargo green open access policy, the new agreement will mean that authors accepted manuscripts (AAM) will be auto-deposited to their institutional repository via the Jisc’s Publications Router when their institution has a subscription to the journal. Articles will be deposited based on the author’s affiliation at the time of submission, under a UKRI compliant licence.

At the heart of the partnership is a shared passion for the accessibility of research, user experience and innovation to support unfunded research. This new approach paves the way for easier, open publishing by addressing the changing needs of Jisc members and their researchers.  

Shelley Allen, Head of Open Research at Emerald Publishing said: 'We are delighted to be working with Jisc. This agreement offers a great way to provide the research community with a simple solution for making their work open and to increase adoption of open practices within member institutions. By enabling auto-deposit of the AAM for current subscriptions, it will offer a sustainable, customer centric journey for both the members and the wider research community. We ultimately want to make research more accessible and discoverable, and this service is a fantastic way to achieve this.'

Anna Vernon, Head of Jisc Licensing said: 'Our agreements aim to provide maximum access to research publications, and the Emerald agreement recognises the need for a variety of models to achieve an affordable transition to open access. We are very pleased to work with Emerald to provide an alternative to APC-based models.'

Emerald Publishing was recently recognised for their innovation, creativity and vision when they were awarded Independent Publisher of the Year and Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year by the Independent Publishers Guild.

'This partnership with Jisc is exactly the kind of innovative collaboration that helps further the shared passion to develop ways to make publishing research simpler, widely accessible, and more discoverable, and that can ultimately drive real impact to society and people’s lives,' adds Allen.

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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.


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Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. At its heart is the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for its members (colleges, universities, and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.

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