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Emerald partners with COPPUL to open up research content to Indigenous communities

23rd September 2021

Emerald Publishing has launched a pilot project to open up access to research to a selection of Indigenous post-secondary institutions and communities.

The First Voices First project is in partnership with The Council of Prairie and Pacific Libraries (COPPUL) and runs from the 21st September 2021 until the end of 2022.

Through the project, more relevant information and research content will be able to get into the hands of those that need it beyond the walls of academia. Through partner libraries and colleges, communities, students and faculty will be able to freely access relevant research to improve information and literacy in post-secondary education as well as in community-based economic development projects.

Vicky Williams, CEO at Emerald Publishing, said: "As a publisher with a strong commitment to provision of quality information and education for all, we’re excited to be supporting this pilot study with COPPUL.

"In particular, we are interested in how this pilot can be extended beyond initial information access to participation through Indigenous scholarly authorship. Our belief is that all voices should be heard through the scholarly record, and it’s important that we don’t impose a one-size-fits all approach to participation. We look forward to listening, learning, and ensuring we respond with appropriate products and services."

Emerald is extending access, at no additional cost, to 120 journals through COPPUL and the University of Saskatchewan to the following Indigenous post-secondary institutions and communities: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), University of the North, Northlands College, Chemawawin Public Library at Easterville, Norway House Public Library, Pukatawagan Public Library, Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System and Muskoday First Nation.

Deborah Lee, Indigenous Studies Collection and Initiatives librarian, commented on the pilot: "As an Indigenous librarian, I’m excited to see free access to Emerald database content open up to Indigenous communities and post secondaries. It is one small step in the journey to correct historical wrongs related to research and Indigenous peoples and it warms my heart."

To learn more about this pilot and how you can gain access, visit First Voices First.

About Emerald

Emerald Publishing provides a range of publishing services to help researchers tell their story in a meaningful and timely way, providing innovative tools and services to build confidence and capability in impactful research. As a proud signatory of DORA, Emerald is committed to establishing new pathways to impact, making research more accessible, and helping communities make decisions that change their world for the better. For over 50 years Emerald’s core purpose has been to champion fresh thinkers and help them make a difference so that little by little those in academia or in practice can unite to bring positive change in the real world. Emerald Publishing is delighted to be named Independent Publisher of the Year and Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year in the Independent Publishers Guild 2020 Independent Publishing Awards.

Notes on Emerald Publishing & usage during COVID-19

At present we are living in a difficult and uncertain time around the world, as we face the fight against COVID-19. Now, more than ever, people need quick and easy online access to the information we publish on Emerald Insight and the opportunities to share their research, so we are keen to ensure that all of our users have access to research, even if institutions are closed. To help with any issues, and keep people up to date with new information we launched our Customer Support Portal.

We have made research on COVID-19, the management of epidemics and pandemics, and supply chain management free for anyone to access and have also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organisation repository. We will continue to make relevant research freely available on this site.


COPPUL is a network of libraries working together to leverage collective expertise, resources and influence in order to enable enhanced learning, teaching student experiences and research at institutions across Western Canada.


Robin McGuire
Emerald Publishing
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