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Research & publishing ethics

Find out more about publication ethics and our policies. 

Summary of our research and publishing ethics

Emerald Publishing and our editors are fully committed to ethical publication practice. We act in accordance with the principles outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and support the development, and practical application, of consistent ethical standards throughout the scholarly publishing community. 

You should only submit your research to us if the following conditions apply:

  • The research has been conducted with the highest standards of rigour and integrity.
  • The article/chapter/book/case study is original.
  • The work has not been submitted elsewhere and is not under consideration with any other publication. See our preprint and conference paper policies for exceptions. 
  • The work does not include libellous, defamatory or unlawful statements.
  • Permission has been cleared for any third-party material included.
  • Proof of consent has been obtained for any named individuals or organisations.
  • Authorship has been agreed prior to submission and no one has been ‘gifted’ authorship or denied credit as an author (ghost authorship).

If your research is published and we find that any of these conditions have not been met, we may take action in line with the COPE guidelines, which may result in one of the following correction notices, or we may remove or retract the article or book chapter from our database. For legal reasons, or when an article or chapter forms evidence in an independent hearing, we may not be able to take action until all matters have been fully resolved.

Ethics issues

Our promise

Whenever a research or publishing ethics issue arises, we promise to: 

  1. Act professionally and efficiently.
  2. Be fair and objective.
  3. Always approach the accused party to establish their position before making a decision or committing to a course of action.
  4. Ensure that we provide sufficient time for all parties to respond.
  5. Keep all parties informed of decisions, including the copyright owners, editors and authors.
  6. As members of the Committee on Publication Ethics, follow the processes highlighted in the flowcharts presented by COPE.
  7. Protect authors' moral rights (to be acknowledged as the author and not to be misrepresented) and to ensure the correct record of the literature.

We reserve the right to withdraw and rescind any acceptance should a case of ethical misconduct be discovered prior to publication.

It will not be possible to please all parties in every case. Following a fair and considered process, the final decision in any disputed case will rest with the editor and Emerald.

Contact us

Get in touch if you would like any further information on our ethics policies. Alternatively, you can consult the COPE guidelines

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Committee on Publication Ethics

We are a member of and adhere to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) policies and practices to reach the highest standards in publication ethics. 

Read more about COPE