Emerald Publishing Joins Web of Science Group Initiative to Open Up Peer Review

London, UK, Thursday August 8th 2019:  The Web of Science Group (a Clarivate Analytics company) has entered into a new partnership with Emerald Publishing, to pilot the industry’s first cross-publisher, scalable and transparent peer review workflow from Publons and ScholarOne across three of Emerald’s leading journals.

Transparent peer review shows the complete peer review process from initial review to final decision, and has gained popularity with authors, reviewers and editors alike in recent years.

The new transparent peer review service will be rolled out across Online Information Review, Industrial Lubrication and Tribology and International Journal of Social Economics. The workflows ensure that alongside the published article, readers can access a comprehensive peer review history, including reviewer reports, editor decision letters and authors’ responses. Each of these elements is assigned its own digital object identified (DOI), which helps readers easily reference and cite the peer review content. Transparency can also aid teaching of best practice in peer review. The transparent peer review workflow complies with best-practice data privacy regulation, ensuring the individual preferences of authors, peer reviewers and journals are met.

Andrew Preston, Managing Director, Publons, said: “We’re proud that this integrated service from Publons and ScholarOne is expanding further, particularly into fields such as economics and engineering where we’ve not historically seen much open or transparent peer review.  Our new  transparent peer review workflow ensures any publisher, working across any discipline can implement transparent peer review at scale, without arduous manual processes.”

Tony Roche, Publishing and Strategic Relations Director, Emerald Publishing said: “This pilot is the latest move in giving our authors and reviewers more transparency and choice. It is part of our commitment to support openness and complements Emerald Reach, our open access programme and the newly launched Emerald Open Research platform.

Emerald Publishing is an advocate of open research as a vital step towards real impact and we are delighted to have joined Publons and ScholarOne in delivering transparency for our communities.”




Notes to editors

Emerald is the third publisher to pilot the transparent peer review workflows, which were implemented by Wiley and IOP Publishing earlier this year.


Media Contacts  

Amy Bourke-Waite

Director of External Communications, Web of Science Group



Gemma Clulow

PR Manager, Emerald Publishing



About Emerald Publishing

Emerald Publishing was founded in 1967 to champion new ideas that would advance the research and practice of business and management. Today, we continue to nurture fresh thinking in applied fields where we feel we can make a real difference, now also including health and social care, education and engineering. We publish over 300 journals, more than 2,500 books and over 1,500 case studies, via our dedicated research platform emeraldinsight.com.


About Web of Science Group

Web of Science Group organizes the world’s research information to enable academia, corporations, publishers and governments accelerate the pace of research.  It is powered by the Web of Science – the world’s largest publisher-neutral citation index and research intelligence platform. Its many well-known brands also include Converis, EndNote, Kopernio, Publons, ScholarOne and the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).   The ‘university’ of Web of Science Group, ISI maintains the knowledge corpus upon which the index and related information and analytical content and services are built; it disseminates that knowledge externally through events, conferences and publications and it carries out research to sustain, extend and improve the knowledge base. The Web of Science Group is a Clarivate Analytics company.  www.webofsciencegroup.com. @webofscience


About Clarivate Analytics

Clarivate Analytics™ is a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. We have built some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including Web of Science™, Cortellis™, Derwent™, CompuMark™, MarkMonitor™ and Techstreet™. Today, Clarivate Analytics is on a bold entrepreneurial mission to help our clients reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing innovations. For more information, please visit clarivate.com.


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