Bingley, United Kingdom, 10 July 2015 – Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice, today announces the launch of its Green Open Access, Zero Embargo trial, applicable for all mandated articles submitted to the company's Library and Information Science (LIS) and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals.
This change allows authors to deposit the post-print version of the article into their respective institutional repository immediately upon official publication, rather than after Emerald's 24 month embargo period for mandated articles.
Emerald made the decision to trial the zero month embargo period following consultation with its newly formed Librarian Advisory Group (LAG). The group is made up of leading editors and authors from Emerald Library Studies and Information Management journals, alongside other key academics in Library Studies and adjacent disciplines. The group discusses and advises Emerald on issues of common interest in the LIS field including Open Access policy and editorial best practice.
Tony Roche, Publishing Director at Emerald, said: "We are committed to supporting the academic community and remain dedicated to publishing high impact, rigorous research in a timely manner. This is achieved by working closely with our customers, putting their needs and desired outcomes at the center of everything we do.
As the journals included in this trial reflect the key role librarians and information managers play in the dissemination of research, the feedback we gain from it will help us to develop a sustainable approach for the Library and Information Science community, combining optimal dissemination with world-class publishing services for authors, readers and libraries."
The evaluation of this trial will help to inform future Emerald Open Access initiatives. Emerald will work with its Librarian Advisory Group to assess the impact of the trial, by monitoring the quality and volume of submissions, feedback from authors, and readership figures from both the Emerald platform and institutional repositories.
For further information on Emerald's Open Access policy, including a list of the journals included in this trial, visit http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/openaccess.htm
Notes to Editors
Emerald's Green OA route offers all Emerald authors of journal articles the option to make their research openly available, free from payment and time restrictions. 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 (with the exception of funded research where Emerald's standard 24 month embargo period applies to mandated articles).
Further information on authors rights can be found here: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/writing/author_rights.htm
In a new pilot from July 2015, authors who submit articles to Library and Information Science and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals, the post-print version of this article can be deposited by the author into their respective institutional repository immediately upon official publication, rather than Emerald's standard 24 month embargo period.
The journals currently under this trial are as follows:
- Collection Building
- Interlending & Document Supply
- Library Hi Tech
- Library Hi Tech News
- Library Management
- Library Review
- New Library World
- OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives
- Performance Measurement and Metrics
- Reference Reviews
- Reference Services Review
- The Bottom Line
- Aslib Journal of Information Management
- The Electronic Library
- Information and Computer Security
- Information Technology & People
- Internet Research
- Journal of Documentation
- Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
- Online Information Review
Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2500 books and book series volumes. It also provides an extensive range of value-added products, resources and services to support its customers' needs.
Emerald is COUNTER 4 compliant. It is also a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation. It also works in close collaboration with a number of organizations and associations worldwide.