With today’s overabundance of information, and misinformation, students and researchers alike can be overwhelmed in identifying what’s trustworthy, what’s up-to-date, and what’s accurate. Oxford University Press has invested in the Oxford Research Encyclopedias to meet this challenge. Working with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, we are developing new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics. See what disciplines are available here.
Why Oxford Research Encyclopedias?
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The Development Process
Each discipline-based Oxford Research Encyclopedia begins with the appointment of an Editor in Chief, who creates a plan for the development of the Oxford Research Encyclopedias in their field. The plan is reviewed by scholars in the field and refined. The Editor in Chief then assembles an Editorial Board to advise on article topics, potential authors, and other matters. At this stage, Oxford University Press launches an information website to announce the project and to provide background on its goals and direction.
The encyclopedia then moves into a commissioning phase, where authors are invited to write on topics they know best. Authors are given an option to submit a brief summary in advance of their full article, and these summaries are published as they are approved. Full articles undergo multiple rounds of peer review, and once approved they are published online.
New approved articles and new summaries are added to the encyclopedia on an ongoing basis. The full website is entirely free during an initial development period of several years. After a significant amount of content has been published, there is a fee to access all of the articles on the site, although a portion remains freely accessible. Fees go back into the project to fund the ongoing editorial work.
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Resources for Librarians
Oxford University Press offers a variety of tools to help promote your institution's access to the Oxford Research Encyclopedias and get the most out of these resources.
- Onsite and remote training options
- Online tutorials and user guides
- Promotional tools including customizable email templates, logos, posters, and more
To request any of the promotional tools, or to offer suggestions about other ways we can help support your library, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our Librarian Resource Center.
For all other inquiries, including technical support, please contact us:
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Oxford University Press is proud to publish the Oxford Research Encyclopedias with:
National Association of Social Workers Press
American Institute of Physics
International Studies Association
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