Elsevier and open access

At Elsevier we recognize that access to quality research is vital to the scientific community and beyond. The people we work with in the research community strive to advance essential knowledge, save lives, and improve the way we all live. Our role is to help them accomplish this:

Ron Mobed  

Ron Mobed on Elsevier's commitment to providing information solutions

"People often find themselves on an information continuum these days, often getting too much or not enough information. We're committed to helping researchers and health professionals do their work, either by making them more productive so they can see more patients in a day, do more research in a year, make better decisions, or arrive at a diagnosis or prescribe a treatment plan that wouldn't have otherwise been made.  

We are working to achieve this by building information solutions that combine high-quality content and today's technology that can open up the utility in that information to make it very specific and targeted to people's needs."  

- Ron Mobed, CEO Elsevier

philippe-terheggen Philippe Terheggen on delivering open access publishing services

"Our role is about serving science and responding to the needs of our authors.  Open access publishing actually presents a new opportunity to bring us closer to our authors and we are committed to providing more choices for them to publish and promote their research. That extends beyond just open access or subscription based publishing, to helping them assess their research performance, providing more journal fields for them to publish in, different forms of peer review."

- Philippe Terheggen, Managing Director Science, Technology and Medical Journals
Alicia Wise 

Alicia Wise on our support for open access and our industry engagement

"We believe everyone should have an equitable and sustainable opportunity to access quality scientific and medical information regardless of their economic situation, social class, ethnicity, background or physical disabilities. For us this means providing support and the latest tools to maintain the quality and integrity of published scientific literature, achieving the widest dissemination of content, and embracing the principals of open access.

We have been working closely with a number of Institutions and Funding Bodies in countries such as the UK and US, to facilitate the transition to open access and support sustainable new policies. We continue to scale our open access services to respond to Elsevier author needs, simultaneously working in close collaboration with institutions and funders."

- Alicia Wise, Elsevier's Universal Access Director

Position Statements

Elsevier is actively involved in discussing the key issues around open access and implementation of open access. We are committed to making our written submissions and evidence open and transparent for everyone to read.

Elsevier's Submission (PDF) Date Submitted
Consultation on the Tri-Agency Open Access PolicyDecember 2013
Consultation on the Post - 2014 Research Excellence FrameworkOctober 2013
Elsevier Response to HEFCE Open Access Policy - PDF March 2013
Response to STC Inquiry on Peer Review - PDF February 2013
OSTP Data Response - PDF January 2013
OSTP Publications Response - PDF January 2012
Reed Elsevier submission to House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry on OA policy implementation - PDF January 2012
Reed Elsevier submission to House of Commons BIS Select Committee inquiry on Government Open Access policy - PDF March 2011

Response to the Finch Report

Elsevier welcomes the Finch report on broadening access to academic research. We are pleased that so many members of the academic community - universities, funders, libraries, scholarly societies, and publishers - have been able to collaborate constructively to find a way forward. The recommendations identify real opportunities, as well as risks, and how they are implemented will be key in ensuring sustainable models for scholarly communications. We look forward to working with other stakeholders to encourage their successful implementation and to enable even wider dissemination of research in the future.