Our goal for a fairer society
We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important than in today’s divided world.
So, our goal as a leading publisher of impactful research is to help create a society that is just, inclusive and embracing of all without any barriers to participation based on sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, ethnicity, age, class or ability, where there is access to healthcare and education, technology, justice, strong institutions, peace and security, social protection, decent work and housing.
Jen McCall, Publishing Development Manager, Fairer society
If you're an author or researcher, or someone who cares as much as we do, we would love to work with you, and help your research make real change happen towards a fairer, more inclusive society. Get in touch.
Our goal to achieve a fairer society
We champion research towards creating a society that’s fair & inclusive, where there’s access to healthcare, education, technology, justice, social protection, work, good housing & peace.
We have collated a range of resources into themes relating to the UN SDG goals.
Related journal articles
A selection of our fairer society articles.
Presents the results of a survey of autistic people conducted by a specialist team.
Day-watchman tackling the novel coronavirus.
Patriarchy and precarity.
Conceptual analysis to address the “new normal”.
Implications for dual-career parents working from home.
Calls for papers
Browse the latest calls for papers in the area of fairer society.
A selection of our recent fairer society titles all with sample chapters available at the Emerald Bookstore.
Critically examines issues relating to crime and justice in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for...
Argues that disability invites great insight into the wider project of understanding the human...
Covers many of the classic mental health/developmental areas but also looks at inequalities, racism...
Provides an integrated assessment of the SDGs from an economic, social, environmental and cultural...
Fairer society gateway
This gateway sits on our open access platform, Emerald Open Research. All research published within the gateway is freely available to read, download and share.
About this gateway
This gateway focuses on the creation of a just, inclusive society without any barriers to participation.
Opinions & blogs
We welcome contributions from academics, policymakers and professionals about key issues in their area of work. If you have a blog you would like to share, let us know.
Women in peer review
Despite the essential role of women in the publication process in general, they remain low in representation within the scholarly community compared to men.
Mind the gap
Given the persistent and unconscious nature of gender bias in the publication process, the underrepresentation of women is a problem that will not solve itself.
How to encourage early career researchers to engage with peer review
One of the bugbears of our role as journal editors is the difficulties encountered when attempting to process papers through the review system in a timely and satisfactory manner.
Autism & academic publishing
It is important that research is relevant to autistic persons themselves, with the potential to make improvements in their lives through a participatory approach .
How to involve early career researchers in peer review & why
Seeing the peer review process as an integral part of the academic journey made us understand that ECRs have a vital role to play in the production and verification of scientific knowledge to which peer review makes such an important contribution.
A publisher’s view
When we consider government representation, or the makeup of corporate (or editorial boards), we want the makeup of those to both represent us as individuals, but also to be as diverse as possible.
News & press
Below we have a collection of news articles centred around aspects of a fairer society.
Emerald changes peer review terminology to be more inclusive for all
From September, we're updating all our author guidelines and journal homepages on our peer review policies. In line with recent updates from fellow publishers, we'll endeavour to no longer include the term(s) ‘single blind’ or ‘double blind’ in our guidance and will instead use ‘single anonymous’ or ‘double anonymous’.
Emerald Publishing shortlisted for the Independent Publishers Guild Alison Morrison Diversity Award
We’re honoured to have been shortlisted for the 2021 Independent Publishing Awards, Alison Morrison Diversity Award, which recognises efforts being made to make our industry more diverse and inclusive, both internally, and through the content that is published.
Tackling the issue of under-representation of women in teaching cases
Emerald Publishing has launched a second global case writing competition in partnership with The Case For Women, Forté and MBA Roundtable, in a mission to address the serious issue of gender inequality in the teaching material that is currently available to business schools throughout the world.
Emerald Publishing steps up to tackle decline in research output from women in research during Covid pandemic
To mark International Women’s Day, Emerald Publishing has launched a support network through its Engage platform to help women in research overcome the challenges in conducting research that have been exacerbated through the Covid pandemic.
Gender equality: progress has slowed for women academics
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Jennifer Charlson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, calls attention to how the Covid-19 pandemic has uniquely affected women, and specifically women academics. On a hopeful note, she shares her efforts as an Athena Swan Lead to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.
Happy International Women's Day 2021: women in supply chain management
The idea of an International Women’s day was first introduced at a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1910. Back then, the discussion had a substantial and close connection to revolutionary activities and therefore also to class
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Dr Wendy M Purcell Phd FRSA – Goal advisor
Dr Wendy Purcell is an Academic Research Scholar with Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University since 2016. Her purpose lies in transforming lives through education and research in pursuit of social equity, the knowledge economy and sustainable development. She leads research on global leadership and governance for sustainable transformation in higher education and in various business sectors, directs the Sustainable Development Solutions Group and is Lead Faculty of ENVR-118c Pursuing Sustainability. Wendy is an Emeritus Professor and was President Vice-Chancellor of a UK university (2007–2015), taking it to the top 1% of world universities and 1st 'green' UK university. She is a Council Member of the United Nations University, Governing Board Member EELISA of the European University and Member of the Association of American Universities and Colleges. Wendy has authored over 100-publications and is busy writing books on sustainability and the SDGs and the role of higher education in advancing a world where no one is left behind.