Access initiatives

Over the past 12 years, we have invested in identifying access gaps, and finding workable solutions to ensure that everyone has access to quality scientific content anytime, anywhere. Our universal access initiatives include: 

Developing Countries Access


We are proud to be a founding and active partner in Research4Life, a public/private partnership providing journal content to researchers in the developing world. More than 2000 Elsevier journals and 6,000 Elsevier e-books are available through Research4Life making Elsevier one of the largest contributors. In 2011 alone, the program resulted in over 3 million downloads from ScienceDirect. The Research4Life program also includes partner programs HINARI, AGORA, OARE, aRDI. Read more

We also provide access for researchers in specific and important fields. For example our partnership with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) provides 150 researchers working in fields such as tropical medicine and sustainable development in the least-developed and low-income countries with access to both ScienceDirect and Scopus.

Elsevier journals are also made free to access for individual scientists working in the physics, mathematics and computer science fields through the ICTP’s eJournals Delivery Service.

Public Access

We support the important public need to access and use scientific and medical information. Research articles published in Elsevier’s journals are regularly distributed to 1,500 journalists. With unrestricted media access, we help the media break leading stories relevant for the public and assist them in delivering the latest science and medical news internationally.  

In addition to this, the public can also directly access research though the Patient INFORM program, where publishers and health organizations provide patients and their caregivers access to some of the most up-to-date research about specific diseases. Since 2006 we have also provided access to medical research in 100 journals on Patient Research.Other patient access programs include DeepDyve, where Elsevier offers patients and their families an option to rent articles for a small transaction fee. Our ScienceDirect platform is also available to the public via walk-in user access from any participating library.

Researcher Access

ScienceDirect Access: Elsevier publishes approximately 2400 subscription journals and provides access to over 14 million researchers. Our online journal platform, ScienceDirect, hosts 10 million articles dating back to the 1820s and now has close to 600 million full text article downloads per year. Elsevier has developed a number of licensing options, including the freedom and subject collections and pay per view. These give customers flexibility in the way they purchase access. Read more

Open Access Publishing: Elsevier has an established Open Access program since 2006, which now includes 1500 Hybrid journals and over 35 Open Access titles. Read more

Postdoc Free Access Programme: Launched in 2012, the program provides access to ScienceDirect to scholars who have their PhD’s but who currently do not have a research position. This complimentary access allows young researchers the opportunity to both stay up to date with the latest research and remain competitive for new research positions. 

Transactional: Elsevier offers options to purchase single articles (Pay-per-view) and groups of articles (Article Choice). We also work in partnership with document delivery suppliers such as Ingenta and Subito.