The Emerging Scholars Initiative (ESI) is a platform dedicated to encouraging younger scholars generate a wider interest in their research.



The Emerging Scholars Initiative Press (ESI Press), founded in October 2020, was purpose-built to create a holistic learning environment for younger academics at the University of Pretoria. Anchored within the Faculty of Humanities, the ESI Press produces open-access resources while affording graduate students the opportunity to gain real-world experience to balance their academic training.

The ESI Press’s model employs graduates from various programmes taught within the University of Pretoria. The Press gives these students a chance to hone their academic skills by employing them to work as:

      • authors for commissioned research projects (drawn from a variety of disciplines)
      • translators (from our various language departments)
      • copyeditors and proofreaders (training offered as part of the English department and our Unit for Academic Literacy); and,
      • Publication layout (Publishing Sciences department) as information design professionals (offered through our award-winning Information Design programme).
        ESI Press publishes a range of formats from journal articles to monographs to book-length manuscripts.

The publications can be accessed free of charge and users can read several different titles, receive announcements and access relevant information about each publication.


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