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Author rights

What are your rights as an author? Find out everything you need to know about your retained rights and read our author and copyright FAQs.

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Version of article or chapter Definition
Submitted version under review (SMUR, also known as ‘Pre-print’) The version of the work as submitted to the journal, prior to the peer review process.
Author accepted manuscript (AAM, also known as ‘Post-print’)     The version of the work as accepted for publication. This may include any amendments suggested as a result of the peer review process.
Version of record (VoR, also known as ‘Publisher PDF’)     The version of the work that appears in the official publication, which includes Emerald branding and formatting.

 

Your rights as an Emerald author

Where possible, we obtain copyright for the material we publish, without you as the author giving up your moral or scholarly rights to reuse your work.

You can read more about copyright and licensing below. 

Overview of reusing your work 

Find out how you can reuse your journal articles and/or book chapters. 

Reuse Submitted version under review (SMUR) Author accepted manuscript (AAM) Version of record (VoR)
Make photocopies of your article or book chapter for teaching and classroom purposes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Make photocopies of your article or book chapter for conferences, or unlimited to use as handouts Unlimited Unlimited Up to 25 copies. If you require more, please contact us.
Inclusion of your article or book chapter in your dissertation or thesis Yes Yes Yes, this version may be included in the print version of your thesis/dissertation. If an electronic deposit is required, this must be the SMUR or AAM version.
Reuse figures or extracts in other works authored by you Yes Yes Yes
Reuse or republish the entirety of your work in any future works Yes, providing that you are the named author/editor of the new work. Yes, providing that you are the named author/editor of the new work. Yes, providing that you are the named author/editor of the new work.
Deposit your article or book chapter in your institutional repository Anytime Upon official publication. For immediate 'closed deposits', see Conditions of deposits below. No. You may include the metadata of your work, and provide the digital object identifier (DOI) to the version of record, or the link to a version deposited into your institutional repository.
Deposit your article or book chapter in your personal or corporate website Anytime Upon official publication. For immediate 'closed deposits', see Conditions of deposits below. No. You may include the metadata of your work, and provide the digital object identifier (DOI) to the version of record, or the link to a version deposited into your institutional repository.
Deposit your article or book chapter in Social Collaboration Networks (SCNs) that have signed up to the STM’s voluntary sharing principles Anytime Upon official publication. For immediate 'closed deposits', see Conditions of deposits below. No. You may include the metadata of your work, and provide the digital object identifier (DOI) to the version of record, or the link to a version deposited into your institutional repository.
Reuse your article or book chapter within a subject repository Anytime Upon official publication. For immediate 'closed deposits', see Conditions of deposits below. No. You may include the metadata of your work, and provide the digital object identifier (DOI) to the version of record, or the link to a version deposited into your institutional repository.
Email your article or book chapter Yes, with individuals requesting personal use and for authors' grant applications or theses/doctorate submissions. Yes, with individuals requesting personal use and for authors' grant applications or theses/doctorate submissions. Yes, with individuals requesting personal use and for authors' grant applications or theses/doctorate submissions.
Post your article or book chapter on social media No. You may include the metadata of your work, and provide the DOI to the version of record, or the link to a version deposited into your institutional repository. No. You may include the metadata of your work, and provide the DOI to the version of record, or the link to a version deposited into your institutional repository. No. You may include the metadata of your work, and provide the DOI to the version of record, or the link to a version deposited into your institutional repository.
Inclusion of your article or book chapter on a VLE or Blackboard Upon official publication. Inclusion in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is not permitted unless via formal agreement with Emerald. Upon official publication. Inclusion in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is not permitted unless via formal agreement with Emerald. Upon official publication. Inclusion in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is not permitted unless via formal agreement with Emerald.

 

Conditions of deposit for journal articles and book chapters

If you have received direct funding with a mandate that stipulates your work must be made open access, but funding is not available to pay an article processing charge (APC), upon official publication, you may deposit the author accepted manuscript (AAM) of your journal article or book chapter into a subject or institutional repository and your funder's research catalogue, free from embargo.

To deposit your author accepted manuscript , you will need to adhere to the following conditions:

  • You must include the DOI back to the official published version of your article within Emerald Insight.
  • Include all of the relevant metadata (for journal articles: article title, journal name, volume, issue no. and or book chapters: chapter title, book title, volume, issue).
  • The author accepted manuscript must clearly indicate where the article was published, or where it is forthcoming.
  • Include a clear licensing statement (see below).

Deposit licenses

We allow you to deposit your author accepted manuscript under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial International License 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0). To do this, the deposit must clearly state that the author accepted manuscript is deposited under this licence and that any reuse is allowed in accordance with the terms outlined by the licence. To reuse the author accepted manuscript for commercial purposes, you should seek permission by contacting our Rights team. 

For the sake of clarity, commercial usage would be considered as, but not limited to:

  • Copying or downloading AAMs for further distribution for a fee;
  • Any use of the AAM in conjunction with advertising;
  • Any use of the AAM by for promotional purposes by for-profit organisations;
  • Any use that would confer monetary reward, commercial gain or commercial exploitation.

We understand that you may not wish to use the CC BY-NC licence; in this case, you should deposit the author accepted manuscript and include the copyright line of the published article. 

As a signatory of the Voluntary STM Sharing Principles, we support sharing research via affiliated scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs) and other non-commercial research collaboration groups.

Exclusions

These terms exclude the deposit of any version of your work into any repositories that have not signed up to the Voluntary STM Sharing Principles or into the repository of another institution.

Please note that we do not permit the systematic upload or collation of Emerald content across repositories.

Author rights FAQs

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