Emerald works closely with the communities it serves to balance the requirements and rights of authors with the sustainability and development of titles.
Our objective is to ensure the widest possible dissemination of research and future innovation in scholarly communication. We seek to respond specifically to the needs of researchers in the disciplines we serve and continue to review our policies on a regular basis.
If you are mandated to make your work OA but have no funds for an APC, you may deposit your work 24 months after official publication, or contact email@example.com for consideration for an embargo exception.
Emerald's Green Open Access route offers all Emerald authors of journal articles the option to make their research openly available, free from payment and time restrictions. Emerald is fully RoMEO Green across all its journal titles.
Emerald supports authors' voluntary deposit of their own work. Once an article has been published by Emerald, an author may voluntarily post their own version of the article that was submitted to the journal (pre-print) or the version of the article that has been accepted for publication (post-print) onto their own personal website or into their own institutional repository with no payment or embargo period. Authors may also use their own version of the paper (pre-print or post-print) for their own teaching purposes.
These terms exclude the deposit of the version of the article that was submitted to the journal (pre-print) or of the accepted article (post-print) into a subject repository or the repository of another institution. Please note that we do not permit the systematic upload or collation of Emerald articles across repositories. For more information on Emerald's repository policy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on author's rights, definition of terms and correct referencing conventions, please refer to the Emerald Author Rights page
Emerald offers a Gold Open Access route to its authors of articles in any Emerald journal. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘author pays' or ‘hybrid' model. The Gold Open Access route complies with the requirements made by funding bodies around the world, whereby the author must arrange for their research to be made openly accessible. Such mandates may be issued by a funding body, for example the RCUK or the Wellcome Trust.
If an author has received direct funding and is mandated to make the branded Publisher PDF (also known as the "Version of Record") freely available immediately upon publication, the author has the option to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). The Gold route applies to Emerald articles published after the 1st April 2013.
For authors wishing to publish using the Gold OA route, please refer to the following guidelines.
How does Emerald's 'Gold OA' route work?
What happens if I have a mandate but no publication funds are available?
If a mandate is in place but funding is not available to pay an APC, you may deposit the post-print of your article into a subject or institutional repository and your funder's research catalogue 24 months after official publication. This timeframe is in line with recommendations made by the Finch Report in the UK for research in the social sciences.
If you are mandated to make the post-print (accepted article) or published PDF openly accessible immediately on acceptance or publication but do not have the funding available to pay an APC, please contact email@example.com to discuss the specific terms of the repository. Emerald seeks to support the mutual interests of the author, institution and journal title.
Emerald is working in partnership with a number of associations and institutions to establish Open Access agreements that support mutual interests. We have had an agreement with IFLA in place since 2009 and are developing a number of agreements with other associations that reflect our values and are close to Emerald's communities.
Emerald and IFLA
Under the Emerald and IFLA agreement, papers that have their origins in an IFLA conference or project, have the opportunity to be published in one of Emerald's Library and Information Science journals and become open access nine months after publication. This special partnership takes advantage of the Emerald platform to increase the discoverability of research presented at IFLA events. For more information, please refer to the web page http://www.emeraldinsight.com/about/news/ifla-oa-articles-2013.htm
If you have any queries about Open Access, then please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to deal with your enquiry.
In addition, Emerald has also prepared some Frequently Asked Questions (below) to help understanding of its policy and Open Access as a whole.
Q: What are APCs?
A: Article Processing Charges allow authors to make their work freely available, subject to acceptance following peer review. APCs subsidize the costs associated with our editorial systems, production (such as typesetting and subediting) and hosting (including perpetual archiving through the LOCKSS and Portico schemes).
This cost is usually covered by the grants authors receive from research funding agencies. The payment of an APC allows articles to be made Open Access immediately, but is entirely independent of, and holds no bias over the editorial and peer review processes operated by Emerald journals.
Q: What if I do not want my articles published through Open Access?
A: Authors who have received direct funding with a mandate may be obliged to make subsequent research articles openly accessible (it may be worth consulting with your funding body about the mandate appropriate to your research). However, the majority of authors may publish their research through academic journals as they have done previously.
Q: What do you mean by "official publication"?
A: Official publication refers to the date that the Emerald-branded version (the Version of Record) is made available. It does not refer to the EarlyCited version (in press article).
Q: How do I pay to make my article OA?
A: When an article is accepted for publication, authors who have indicated they have a mandate will be asked to pay the APC (currently $1,595 USD or £995 GBP) with VAT added as applicable under UK VAT rules. Payment will be requested in the form of an invoice that can be paid by the author directly or arranged with an appropriate funding agency or academic institution, depending on the location of those funds. Please note payment can only be accepted by BACS transfer or cheque.
The article will not be assigned to an issue and proofs will not be sent to the corresponding author until payment has been received.
Authors wishing to make their article Gold OA should check with their institutional APC administrator (prior to submission) to ensure that funds for APCs are still available.
Q: I don't have an Open Access mandate, but my co-author does. What do we do?
A: Your co-author will need to contact their institutional administrator to check the stipulations of their mandate. The person who has a mandate and needs to pay an APC must be designated as the corresponding author at the point of submission in order to receive the invoice.