Oxford Research Encyclopedias

a collection of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on a growing range of topics

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31 Dec 2022

Oxford Research Encyclopedias are a collection of essays on a variety of topics, designed to give readers an overview of a subject that they can understand in half an hour of reading or less. Each essay is rigorously peer-reviewed so the information is accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date. Every month, topics are added and current essays are updated. Developed with a global community of librarians and university faculty, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias are written for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge, from a student just starting out in their studies to a researcher needing background on a related field.

African History, American History, Asian History, Business and Management, Climate Science, Communication, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics and Finance, Education, Encyclopedia of Social Work, Environmental Science, International Studies, Latin American History, Linguistics, Literature, Natural Hazard Science, Neuroscience, Oxford Classical Dictionary, Politics, Psychology, Religion

  • Published in collaboration with the National Association of Social Workers Press (Encyclopedia of Social Work), the American Institute of Physics (Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Physics) and the International Studies Association (Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies)
  • 718 advisory and editorial board members from around the world
  • Unique 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.