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Emerald Group Publishing
Founded 1967
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location Bingley, West Yorkshire, England
Key people Richard Bevan; CEO
Publication types Academic journals, Books, Book series
Nonfiction topics Management, business, social sciences, library studies, education, health & social care, engineering and more
Number of employees 300+
Official website www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com

Emerald Group Publishing Limited is a scholarly publisher of academic journals and books in the fields of management, business, education, library studies, health care, and engineering. It was founded in the United Kingdom in 1967 and has its headquarters in Bingley. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2650 books and book series volumes. It operates worldwide with offices and associates in Australia, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Dubai, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and the United States.


Emerald was formed in 1967 as Management Consultants Bradford (MCB) by a group of academics dissatisfied by the publishing outlets of the time.[1] It acquired its first journal, Management Decision (originally the British Journal of Management), the following year for £1.[2] One of the co-founders, Barrie Pettman, served as its chairman.[3] Fifty academics from the University of Bradford Management Centre each paid £100 for a share in the company in 1969 to allow the company to buy a building on Keighley Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire. The first employee was hired in 1970.[2] Individual journals were managed as separate companies and MCB became a "service company" for the journal companies. In 1977 it was decided that the individual journal companies would be merged into one company, MCB Publications Ltd.[2]

By 1981 the company had grown to 20 employees and was publishing 15 journals. From 1982 through 1997 the company was the official publisher for an independent action learning business school (International Management Centres). The year also saw the acquisition of Anbar, which later became Emerald Reviews. In 1984 company expansion resulted in a move to new premises on Toller Lane, Bradford.[4] By 1990 it was publishing 65 journals.[2] MCB was renamed Emerald in 2001.[2]

In 1992 Floppy Anbar (CD-ROM) was launched becoming the first product to be offered in an electronic format.[citation needed] This was accompanied by Literati, a database and network of authors and editors. In 1994, the company began publishing some of its journals as the Electronic Management Research Library Database (EMERALD) on CD-ROM. Emerald Fulltext journals became available in 1995, rebranded as Emerald Management Xtra in 2004. Emerald launched the ManagementFirst website in 2000 (it later became Emerald ManagementFirst in 2007), aimed at corporate customers. By 2002, there were 153 employees and 1.5m article downloads.

In 2006 Emerald announced a partnership with iParadigms, the developers of the Turnitin anti-plagiarism detection product.[5] In 2007 Emerald acquired a programme of Management and Social Science book serials, series and monographs from Elsevier.[6]

The acquisition of health and social care publisher Pier Professional Limited took place in 2011 and was hailed as a "a significant milestone" in the company's bid to grow.[7] In 2014 Emerald was one of several publishers to sign a deal to partner with Kudos, a service that helps increase the impact of published articles.[8]

In 2015 Emerald extended its relationship with Portico to preserve its e-books in the Portico archive, ensuring that their e-book content will be secure and available into the future. Emerald has been preserving its e-journals with Portico since 2009.[9] In June 2015, the Emerald acquisition of Good Practice was announced. GoodPractice is a provider of support tools for leaders and senior managers. The acquisition is aimed at allowing Emerald to extend its reach into the professional learning and development, education and training sectors, with a focus on digital learning solutions.[10] In July 2015, Emerald announced a green open access zero month embargo trial for library and information science and selected knowledge and information management journals. The trial is applicable for all mandated articles submitted to the company's library and information science and selected information and knowledge management journals.[11]

At the London Book Fair 2015, Emerald Publisher Dr. Martyn Lawrence featured in the programme as a speaker in the session 'Do You Really Need A PhD To Work In Scholarly Publishing? The Insiders' Guide To Getting Ahead In Your Career.'[12][13]

The company is based in Howard House on the outskirts of Bingley, West Yorkshire.


Emerald eJournals includes over 120,000 articles from nearly 300 journals. The eJournal product is a cross disciplinary journal database including peer-reviewed, international research in both established and emerging areas of interest.

Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence[edit]

For 22 years the Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence have been distributed to recognize and reward the efforts of authors and editors.[14]

Each year, Emerald awards authors of 50 notable papers covered in its database with a "Citation of Excellence Award".[15]

Leadership team[edit]

  • Dr Keith Howard OBE: Group Chairman
  • Richard Bevan: Group CEO
  • Vicky Williams: Director, EGPGL and CEO, Research Media
  • Simon Cox: Finance Director
  • Brian McDermott: Operations Director
  • Shariq Mumtaz: Managing Director, Eastern Hemisphere
  • Tony Roche, Publishing Director
  • Peter Shelley: Managing Director, Western Hemisphere

Republication controversy[edit]

In 2004, extensive covert duplication of articles was found in Emerald/MCB University Press journals, including at least 409 examples of articles from sixty-seven journals that were republished without notification that they were previously published. There were cases of triplicate publishing, as well as journals that contained no original content, but were filled with articles submitted to other journals.[16] A follow-up study reported that the owners of Emerald were simultaneously acting as authors, editors, and managers of these journals, duplicating not only the work of others but their own as well.[17] Emerald undertook its own study and identified 560 republished papers from 1989 to 2004, 1.1 percent of its total database. The author of the original study commented that "whatever the number, no amount of premeditated covert article duplication is acceptable".[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Emerald: History". Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "40 Years in Publishing 1967-2007". Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Professor and Mrs Pettman - DARE". dareyou.org.uk. 
  4. ^ http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/7220486
  5. ^ "Emerald partners with anti-plagiarism database in publishing industry first!". www.emeraldinsight.com. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.thebookseller.com/news/emerald-acquires-elsevier-titles
  7. ^ http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/business/8915496.print/
  8. ^ "Press release: Kudos announces pilot results, additional clients". Kudos News. 
  9. ^ "Emerald Group Publishing to preserve e-books with Portico". portico.org. 
  10. ^ "Research Information". researchinformation.info. 
  11. ^ "Emerald news". emeraldgrouppublishing.com. 
  12. ^ http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/en/Contributors/570481/Martyn-Lawrence
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBOpwMEDmRk
  14. ^ http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/about/news/story.htm?id=6282
  15. ^ "Emerald Management Reviews - The Citations of Excellence Top 50 papers". Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Davis, Philip. "The Ethics of Republishing: A Case Study of Emerald/MCB University Press Journals". Library Resources & Technical Services (ALA) 49 (2): 72–78. doi:10.5860/lrts.49n2.72. 
  17. ^ Davis, Philip. "Article duplication in Emerald/MCB journals is more extensive than first reported: Possible conflicts of financial and functional interests are uncovered". Library Resources & Technical Services (ALA) 49 (3): 148–150. hdl:1813/2574. 
  18. ^ "Online Databases: Duplication Is Ubiquitous". Retrieved 2008-08-02. 

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