Policies

Elsevier has policies from copyright to digital archiving and funding agreements.

Funding body agreements

Elsevier has established agreements and developed policies to allow authors who publish in Elsevier journals to comply with manuscript archiving requirements of a number of funding bodies, as specified as conditions of researcher grant awards. These agreements and policies enable authors to comply with their funding body’s archiving policy without having to violate their publishing agreements with Elsevier. The agreements and policies are intended to support the needs of Elsevier authors, editors and society publishing partners, and to protect the quality and integrity of the peer-review process. They are examples of Elsevier’s ongoing engagement with scientific and academic communities to explore ways to deliver demonstrable and sustainable benefits for the research communities we serve.

 

Access policies 

Elsevier have developed several policies to assist our customers to understand our position on key issues within our Universal Access programme. These policies include accessibility policies, article posting policies, content mining policies, double dipping policies and funding body policies.

 

Article withdrawal

It is a general principle of scholarly communication that the editor of a learned journal is solely and independently responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal shall be published. In making this decision the editor is guided by policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. An outcome of this principle is the importance of the scholarly archive as a permanent, historic record of the transactions of scholarship. Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as far as is possible. However, very occasionally circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted or even removed. Such actions must not be undertaken lightly and can only occur under exceptional circumstances.

 

Crossmark policy

CrossMark is a multi-publisher initiative from the CrossRef organization to provide a standard way for readers to locate the authoritative version of a document. Applying the CrossMark icon is a commitment by Elsevier to maintain the content published and alert readers to changes if and when they occur. Clicking on the CrossMark icon will inform the reader of the current status of a document and may also provide additional publication record information about the document.

 

Custom publications

Custom publications and commercial activities (“custom publications”) are publications (print products, electronic services, conferences and related activities) that have partial or full third party sponsorship/sponsored distribution. The amount of involvement by Elsevier can vary in terms of the production, hosting and editorial assistance, depending on the publication and the specifics of the agreed sponsoring contract.

 

Independent digital archives

Since 1996 Elsevier has licensed its ScienceDirect service for local hosting (ScienceDirect OnSite) and there are approximately ten major library centers around the world that hold all or virtually all Elsevier titles locally. While these libraries are not official archives, their possession of the digital files provides significant reassurance that these files will not disappear or otherwise be inaccessible to the research community.

 

User centered design

The Elsevier User Centered Design (UCD) team helps Elsevier create easy-to-use products that meet our customer's business needs. We place the highest emphasis on the user in all our work.