Emerald Publishing signs three-year transformative deal with the IReL consortium

7th May 2021

We are delighted to announce that Emerald Publishing has signed its first transformative deal with the IReL consortium.

This progressive deal will run from 2021 to 2023, and it will enhance the publishing journey for researchers from all of IReL’s participating higher education institutions in Ireland, giving them access to all Emerald Journal content.

Building on Emerald’s goal of reducing the participation and access barriers to publishing open, the agreement includes publishing vouchers which can be used in all Emerald 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: "We are delighted to have signed our first deal in Ireland to enable researchers to access all of our content and publish openly with us for the first time.

"These agreements make a real difference in creating more openness in research and we’re proud to partner with the IReL to support its members to ensure their research is fully and freely available without barriers."

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.

Jack Hyland, IReL's Manager, said: "Every year, researchers among our member institutions publish articles in Emerald journals across a wide range of disciplines, including business, education and health. We're really pleased that with this new agreement, the authors will have the option to publish their work open access without any additional cost".

IReL is a nationally funded e-resource licensing consortium providing access to leading online resources on behalf of participating Irish publicly funded higher education institutions.





About Emerald: www.emeraldpublishing.com

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.



Rebecca Torr
PR and Content Manager
Emerald Publishing
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