Emerald Publishing’s three-year open access agreement with SANLiC Consortium proving a successful model

18th September 2023

Emerald partnered with SANLiC (South African National Library and Information Consortium) in 2022, becoming one of the first publishers to sign the agreement with the aim of enabling researchers at participating institutions in South Africa to publish fully open access.

The transformative agreement has been a tremendous success, with a 100% utilisation rate of APC vouchers in the first year.

The Read and Publish agreement enables SANLiC’s member libraries to freely access Emerald’s full content collection and to use vouchers to publish in Emerald’s hybrid and fully open access journals. It covers 27 organisations in South Africa, with more than 900 registered users.

The partnership runs until the end of 2024 and is part of the phase 1 publisher’s agreements. It supports research and education in South Africa and aligns with Emerald’s goal to reduce barriers to participation and access. To learn more about your eligibility for APC vouchers, please review the SANliC agreement details on our website.

"We are delighted that our three-year agreement with Emerald Publishing is already proving a huge success," said Ms Ellen Tise, Chairperson of the SANLiC Board of Directors. "This transformative agreement allows us to move from subscription-based reading to fully open access publishing, which furthers research and learning for our member organisations."



About SANLiC

The South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) is a non-profit organisation that works on behalf of member institutions to secure affordable access to scholarly digital collections that support learning, teaching and research activities. It also conducts activities to promote the use of high-quality open access electronic information resources.

About Emerald

Founded by management scholars in 1967, and now part of the Cambridge Information Group, Emerald Publishing provides a range of publishing services to help researchers tell their stories 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 proud to be Highly Commended for the Alison Morrison Diversity and Inclusivity Award in the Independent Publishers Guild's Independent Publishing Awards 2023.

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