World Health Organization

World Health Organization

Funding body agreement

The World Health Organization (WHO) requires funded authors and employees to make their final manuscript free to access through the WHO repository.

Elsevier has established an agreement with the WHO to help authors 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?

WHO - funded authors and employees can comply by publishing in any Elsevier subscription journal.

Upon publication online, authors are able to post their accepted author manuscript, immediately to the WHO repository for internal use.

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 WHO’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 WHO 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.