Emerald Publishing signs three-year transformative agreement with Sweden’s Bibsam Consortium

18th March 2021

We are delighted to announce that Emerald Publishing has signed its first transformative open access agreement with the Bibsam Consortium.

This progressive deal will run from 2021 until 2023, and it will enhance the publishing journey for researchers from 29 of its academic members institutions through access to more than 200,000 articles from 310 journals as well as publishing vouchers to accommodate all of their needs.

Building on Emerald’s goal of reducing the participation and access barriers to publishing open, the agreement includes APCs and Open Access vouchers which can be used in all Emerald hybrid journals, Gold OA journals and Emerald Open Research; the open peer review platform that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Shelley Allen, Head of Open Research at Emerald Publishing, said: “These agreements make a real difference in creating more openness in research by distributing research as widely as possible and simplifying the publishing process for authors so that research can be readily available to drive impact in society.

“We are delighted to have reached our first agreement with Bibsam and look forward to making open access publishing as easy as possible for their researchers.”

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.

Anna Lundén, head of Division, National Library of Sweden said “We are very pleased with this new transformative agreement between Emerald Publishing and participating organisations within the Bibsam Consortium. It covers the costs for Swedish researchers to publish an unlimited number of open access articles in all Emerald journals, hybrid as well as gold open access titles. The agreement also provides access to read all Emerald journals - over 300 titles in social sciences and engineering”.

The Bibsam consortium is operated by the National Library of Sweden. It was formed in 1996 and has 85 active participating institutions including universities, university colleges, and government-funded research institutions. Representatives from the participating organizations form the Bibsam steering committee, which works on strategic issues and policies regarding e-licensing in general and negotiations in particular.

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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 and 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.


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