Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year
WInner: Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year
The market town of Bingley in west Yorkshire is not where many might expect to find the UK’s most impressive academic publisher of 2018. But it is where Emerald Publishing has been quietly thriving for more than half a century now, demonstrating the often forgotten strength of independent publishing beyond London and other big academic cities.
With a social sciences list that now encompasses more than 3,000 books and 300 journals, Emerald had one of its best ever years in 2018, notching up double-digit book sales growth and pushing determinedly into translation rights.
As the academic sector grapples with the issue of Open Access, perhaps the standout achievement was the launch of the Emerald Open Research platform, providing an open peer review process and free access to all.
The British Book Awards judges applauded Emerald’s PR and marketing activity, which achieved some impressive coverage for its books in mainstream as well as academic channels; and the launch of its new Library Advisory Network, through which it is using academic librarians to shape its future content and services.
The judges also admired Emerald’s care of people—authors and staff alike. “This is obviously a great place to be published—a real go-to place for academics,” they said. They saw concerted efforts to support diversity too, both in its output by appointing its first Gender and Diversity Publisher, and in-house by launching a STRIDE initiative and tackling issues around family-friendly working and the gender pay divide.
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