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Emerald partners with Jisc to combine access to Emerald’s research with green open access

Emerald Publishing has announced a new three-year agreement with Jisc, the UK research and education not-for-profit.

Emerald partners with Jisc to combine access to Emerald’s research with green open access
Shelley Allen: “We ultimately want to make research more accessible and discoverable, and this service is a fantastic way to achieve this.”

The agreement is one of the first of its kind, says Emerald, bringing leading applied research to members in an initiative that helps authors in humanities and social sciences auto-deposit green open access papers in institutional repositories, saving time and reducing the administrative effort of tracking down deposit copies.

Building on Emerald’s existing zero embargo green open access policy, the new agreement will mean that authors accepted manuscripts (AAM) will be auto-deposited to their institutional repository via the Jisc’s Publications Router when their institution has a subscription to the journal. Articles will be deposited based on the author’s affiliation at the time of submission, under a UKRI compliant licence.

At the heart of the partnership, say the publishers, is a shared passion for the accessibility of research, user experience and innovation to support unfunded research. This new approach paves the way for easier, open publishing by addressing the changing needs of Jisc members and their researchers.

Shelley Allen, Head of Open Research at Emerald Publishing said: “We are delighted to be working with Jisc. This agreement offers a great way to provide the research community with a simple solution for making their work open and to increase adoption of open practices within member institutions. By enabling auto-deposit of the AAM for current subscriptions, it will offer a sustainable, customer centric journey for both the members and the wider research community. We ultimately want to make research more accessible and discoverable, and this service is a fantastic way to achieve this.”

Anna Vernon, Head of Jisc Licensing said: “Our agreements aim to provide maximum access to research publications, and the Emerald agreement recognises the need for a variety of models to achieve an affordable transition to open access. We are very pleased to work with Emerald to provide an alternative to APC-based models.”

“This partnership with Jisc is exactly the kind of innovative collaboration that helps further the shared passion to develop ways to make publishing research simpler, widely accessible, and more discoverable, and that can ultimately drive real impact to society and people’s lives,” adds Allen.

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