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Funding body agreement

The World Bank requires employees to make their final manuscript free to access through the Bank's Open Knowledge Repository with permitted reuse, no more than 18 months after acceptance.

Elsevier has established an agreement with the World Bank to help employees publishing in Elsevier journals comply and to facilitate a successful implementation of their policy. Details about how to comply are outlined below.

Help and Support

How to comply

World Bank employees can comply by publishing in any Elsevier subscription journal. After acceptance, authors are required to complete a license agreement which is available from the Bank and return this to the Elsevier Rights and Permissions team via

Upon publication online, authors are able to post their accepted author manuscript to the World Bank's repository for internal use. Elsevier, on behalf of the author, will automatically deliver the metadata of the article to the World Bank.

However, for public access, authors must wait until after the embargo period for their specific journals has expired. Posted accepted author manuscripts must include a link back to the original and final published articles.

Please Note: Posting directly to the other sites outside the World Bank's repository continues to be prohibited, as does any further republishing or redistribution of Elsevier copyright-protected content and society copyright-protected content published by Elsevier.

Permitted reuse

Accepted author manuscripts, posted after embargo period, to the Bank's Open Knowledge Repository will allow permitted reuse under a CC BY - NC - ND license.

Open Access Options

Elsevier also offers authors a range of gold open access options.