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Open Access Books

We're proud to offer a range of open access options to our book authors and their sponsoring bodies. Logo: aopen.

We offer open access across all of our book formats – chapters, monographs, handbooks, short form and professional content.

Author Q&A -  We spoke to the authors of our first open access books to find out what they had to say about their publishing experience.

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We give open access authors unparalleled reach

  • The full text of the book will be available, for free and to all, immediately upon publication.
  • The full text is searchable as part of the Emerald Insight platform and will also be indexed by traditional search engines.
  • Print copies are available on demand through all standard outlets.
  • Supplementary data or files are welcomed as part of the ePublication.
  • Each book will have its own ISBN and homepage on
  • Authors may choose between CC-BY 4.0 and CC-BY-NC 4.0 licences.
  • Emerald is a member of OAPEN and all OA books will be available via the OAPEN library


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All our open access books are automatically licenced

All of the open access books we publish are automatically licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0). This allows for the unrestricted use, hosting, distribution, and re-use – even for commercial purposes – of all of our open access books, as long as the original source is attributed.

Other licences are available on request. Please discuss alternative options with your editor and check with your funding body.


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Quality is at the heart of everything that we do

The books we publish – whether they're open access or not – go through the same rigorous peer review process. We use a single blind review process for all proposal and manuscript reviews, and follow best practice to ensure anonymity of reviewers and the independence of reviews.

Here is an outline of the process that we follow:

  • Step 1: The author submits their proposal including sample material and CV to the appropriate editor.

  • Step 2: The editor assesses the proposals to determine if the project is a good fit for our publishing programme.

  • Step 3: If the Emerald editor decides to pursue the project, they will send the proposal and accompanying material to qualified scholars in the relevant field of research for peer review.

  • Step 4: When the review is complete, the editor will send a copy of the report to the author and request a formal response.  Please note, the identities of the reviewers will be withheld.

  • Step 5: The Emerald editor presents the final book proposal to our Editorial Board for approval to publish.

We reserve the right to reject proposals at any stage in the process. In the case of a negative review, we may invite a response from the author and/or solicit a further review from another scholar to verify the comments of the first reviewer. If extensive changes are suggested, we may ask the author to revise and resubmit the proposal. We may also commission a final full manuscript review (ideally from our proposal reviewer) when the manuscript is complete, before the book goes into production.


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Find out about our book and chapter processing charges.

  CCBY 4.0 (GBP) CCBY  4.0 (USD) CCBY 4.0 (EUR)
Monograph £9,000 $13,999 €11,299
Short form £6,000 $9,399 €7,499
Handbook £12,000 $18,699 €14,999

The chapter processing charge is a fixed charge, depending on chapter length:

  • Fewer than 5,000 words - US$1,200*
  • 5,000-8,000 words - US$1,500*
  • 8,000-15,000 words - US$2,500*


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