Universal access

Providing equitable and sustainable access to vital scientific and medical information

We believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to access quality scientific and medical information regardless of their economic situation, social class, ethnicity, background or physical disabilities- something we call universal access.

Over the past 12 years, Elsevier has made significant investments in access initiatives and technology to improve access and understanding, whilst ensuring the quality and integrity of the scholarly record is maintained.Elsevier encourages active engagement and discussions about access. We are investing our resources in developing new initiatives, expanding our open access and other access initiatives, and in developing our polices. For feedback and queries please contactuniversalaccess@elsevier.com


Find out more about how Elsevier provides below:

Helping fight Ebola

To assist health workers, researchers and the general public, Elsevier is participating in a number of initiatives to bring this outbreak to a close. These include: 

  The Lancet Ebola Resource Centre:This hub brings together existing Ebola content from The Lancet journals and Cell Press and will feature the latest Ebola research as it is published. It is intended to be a comprehensive Ebola resource for clinicians, public health professionals, and anybody else who needs access to existing Ebola research and latest developments. All content on the site is free to access. Read more
  Access to ClinicalKey: ClinicalKey is a search engine that provides evidence-based clinical answers drawn from the single largest body of clinical content available, including Medline, 600+ journals, 1,100+ books, drug information, guidelines, and patient education. For West Africa, Elsevier is granting free access for the next two months. Read more.
  Emergency Access Initiative (EAI): Elsevier is participating is the joint collaboration between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and publishers which has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.This provides free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.
  Research4Life: Provides free and low-cost access to the researchers in developing
countries. It is central to Elsevier's goal of achieving universal access and as a founding partner and the leading contributor, we make all of ScienceDirect and Scopus- including over 2,000 journals and 6,000 books - available through Research4life. Read more