Emerald launches 'zero-embargo' trial

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Emerald Group Publishing has launched 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.

The company says 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 centre 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.'