Our goals


Emerald and SDGs
We support the Sustainable Development Goals

As a leading social science publisher, we're passionate about leading change, and align everything we do with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In doing so we publish research that influences thinking, changes policies, and positively makes a difference to lives beyond the walls of academia.

Our goals: Fairer societyHealthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all  |  Sustainable structures and infrastructures

Our intent

A facilitator of research impact rather than a publisher of articles

Emerald’s new strategy builds on our on-going commitment to promoting ‘real world’ impact from the research we publish and the services we offer. As a founding signatory of the UN SDG Publisher Compact, we are already focused on supporting the publication and impact of research and ideas aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Our next step in this is to focus our work on five interdisciplinary goals, each aligned to multiple SDGs, to further support these goals and ensure that the research we publish can fully play its part in solving significant global challenges.  

These five SDG-aligned goals will encompass existing Emerald publications but also look beyond the restrictions of traditional subject disciplines to address societal challenges. We will commission interdisciplinary, mission-led research aligned to these five core areas which inspires positive change in society and addresses real world problems. In refocusing more squarely on the UN SDGs, we aim to meet our goal of being a publisher who supports and promotes equality in its widest sense.   

We are well known for developing deep, supportive relationships with our communities, through our publishing programmes and author services, as well as initiatives such as our Interdisciplinary Research Fund and support for researchers and institutions looking to create real world impact from their work. 

Our well-established connections to a global community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers allow us to ensure that our publications can be both influenced by the real world at source through co-creation and co-production, and have ‘real world’ impact through engagement with a wide range of audiences and organisational partners.   

We also want to move to an ‘open by default’ stance, supporting researchers, funders and institutions in exploring new commercial models, partners and sponsors to remove existing barriers to open publication. We feel that publishers have a significant role to play in visibly contributing to the development of an open and inclusive research culture, and are keen to help existing authors and researchers new to Emerald in navigating the options available to them, whether through publication in our award-winning books or journals programme, or through our innovative Emerald Open Research platform  – we will work closely with you to find the right route and format for your work.   

Sally Wilson, Head of Publishing

Mission-led research – our goals

Our core area of focus is interdisciplinary research aligned with the UN SDGs, with these key goals in mind, all of which are about creating real world impact, at a time when it's needed most.


Fairer society

We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important in today’s divided world...



Healthier lives

We understand the value of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body...



Responsible management

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working...



Quality education for all

We believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere and by highlighting the issue and working with experts in the field, we can find ways we can all be part of the solution...



Sustainable structures and infrastructures

We recognise the transformative power of sustainable engineering, design and building practices in creating a world where our planet and its inhabitants can thrive.



SDG Publishers Compact

We are proud to be a member of the SDG Publishers Compact, compromising 10 action points that publishers, publishing associations and others can commit to undertaking in order to accelerate progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

You can learn more about the Publishers Compact and how the scholarly community can embed SDGs into practice.  You can also see what progress we are making on the Compact commitments.

SDG Publishers Compact Fellow top action tips

The SDG Publishers Compact Fellows have identified key recommendations that can help the research and education community to embed SDGs into practice.

The SDG Publishers Compact Fellows comprise of individuals from publishers, academic societies, university faculties, PhD students, librarians and sustainability experts who have developed a number of ‘top tips’ sheets for various groups of the research and education community to help embed SDG into practice.

All the ‘top tip’ sheets are downloadable

Top action tips for academic authors

Authors must actively choose to create the knowledge humankind needs to fuel growth that is sustainable and make change that is positive.

See recommendations for best practices on bringing SDGs into your research.


Top action tips for academic librarians

Libraries must ensure that the knowledge required to achieve the SDGs can be recognized, discovered and made available to those who will build upon it and put it into action.

See tips on how to uncover SDG scholarship.


Top action tips for graduate researchers and students

The new generations of researchers, beginning their careers in a time of change and action, must integrate sustainability into the agenda of future scholarship.

Get tips on building SDGs into your career.