Emerald Publishing joins the Initiative for Open Abstracts to promote the discovery of research
25th November 2020
Emerald Publishing has joined the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), a cross-publisher initiative whereby scholarly publishers open the abstracts of their publications to allow for unrestricted availability of abstracts to boost the discovery of research. I4OA is also supported by a large number of research funders, libraries and library associations, infrastructure providers, and open science organisations.
As part of the initiative, Emerald will distribute the abstracts of scholarly publications, with a focus on journal articles through Crossref, in order to facilitate large-scale access, and promote discovery of critical research. This will allow greater discoverability both in terms of human search as well as via Crossref that has the capacity to bring abstracts together in a common format in one global, cross-disciplinary repository.
Tony Roche, Publishing & Strategic Relations Director at Emerald Publishing, spoke of why joining the initiative was key to furthering the discoverability of research saying, “We already make our abstracts freely accessible and distribute them via Crossref, so joining I4OA reinforces our commitment to promoting dissemination and discovery of content for the widest possible audience. Making abstracts as open as possible leads to more views, which can ultimately contribute towards greater impact. Abstracts being freely accessible from many publishers, across multiple disciplines, will save scholars time in finding the content they need. We are committed to finding new ways to make publishing and accessing research simpler, more accessible and discoverable, to help move the needle in the journey towards creating real impact in society and people’s lives. Collaborations such as I4OA help us to do just that.”
Ludo Waltman, Coordinator of I4OA, says “We welcome Emerald Publishing as a supporter of I4OA. Before the launch of our initiative, Emerald had already started to make abstracts openly available. Large numbers of abstracts of research articles published by Emerald are openly available in Crossref. We are very pleased that Emerald now formalises its support for openness of abstracts. By joining I4OA, Emerald puts into practice its commitment to be a responsible business that aims to deliver real impact.”
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Emerald Publishing provides a range of publishing services to help researchers tell their story 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 delighted to be named Independent Publisher of the Year and Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year in the Independent Publishers Guild 2020 Independent Publishing Awards.
Notes on Emerald Publishing and usage during COVID-19
At present we are living in a difficult and uncertain time around the world, as we face the fight against COVID-19. Now, more than ever, people need quick and easy online access to the information we publish on Emerald Insight and the opportunities to share their research, so we are keen to ensure that all of our users have access to research, even if institutions are closed. To help with any issues, and keep people up to date with new information we launched our Customer Support Portal.
We have made research on COVID-19, the management of epidemics and pandemics, and supply chain management free for anyone to access and have also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organisation repository. We will continue to make relevant research freely available on this site.
About the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA)
The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, infrastructure organizations, librarians, researchers and other interested parties to advocate and promote the unrestricted availability of the abstracts of the world's scholarly publications, particularly journal articles and book chapters, in trusted repositories where they are open and machine-accessible. I4OA calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their published works, and where possible to submit them to Crossref.