About the Oxford Research Encyclopedia Program

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias (OREs) offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Today, serious, quality research is challenged by the confounding proliferation of information and misinformation readily accessible online. The OREs draw on expert authors who are able to push beyond the basic facts to provide a researcher with a reliable understanding of an unfamiliar topic.

Substantive, peer-reviewed, and regularly updated, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias combine the speed and flexibility of digital publishing with the rigorous standards of academic publishing. Multi-media features embedded in the articles, along with cross-referenced links to related content, will further expand the utility and scope of the research encylopedia program.

Why Oxford Research Encyclopedias?

  • Peer Reviewed and Oxford Validated: All articles are written by qualified experts and undergo multiple rounds of peer-review and copyediting.
  • Ideas that Evolve: Individual encyclopedia websites are regularly updated. Editorial boards recommend new, relevant article topics, and authors update their articles to ensure the content reflects new insights.
  • User-Friendly Interface: A centralized digital platform makes the scholarly reference content from individual Oxford Research Encyclopedias easy to find, while deep tagging and article-level keywords ensure that the site is easy and intuitive to navigate.
  • Community Engagement: This large-scale, collaborative publishing project has been developed by an engaged community of experts, scholars, and scientists from across the globe.
  • Accessible: Enjoy free access while articles and content grow to substantial numbers.