Sharing and promoting your article

Promote your article

Now that your article is published, you can promote it to make a bigger impact with your research. Sharing research, accomplishments and ambitions with a wider audience makes you more visible in your field. This helps you get cited more, enabling you to cultivate a stronger reputation, promote your research and move forward in your career.

Watch the short ‘Get Noticed’ video and download our Quick Guide and Brochure to find ways to make your article stand out.

  • Consider search engine optimization and keywords to help readers discover your article
  • Think about promoting your article through social media and press
  • Decide how you will share your article
  • Monitor your article's impact with article level metrics

Share your article

Sharing research is an important part of the research process. This simple guide will help you share your research broadly.

Share Link

To help you reach more readers, Elsevier will send you a Share Link when your article is published: a personal, customized short link that provides free access to your article for 50 days. This means you can invite colleagues and peers to access your article on ScienceDirect, sharing it by email and social media. Readers who click on the Share Link will be taken directly to your article, with no sign up or registration required.

  • 50 days’ free access to the html and PDF versions of your article
  • Sharing the link via social media accounts and email helps you generate interest in your article
  • Sharing your article makes it more visible, potentially increasing downloads and citations
  • The process is simple: just click on the link during the 50-day free access period

You will automatically receive the Share Link at the final citable publication stage of your article. If several authors are listed, the named corresponding author will receive the Share Link, which can then be shared with co-authors.

Which journals offer Share Link?
The majority of Elsevier's journals will benefit from the program. Only those operating outside the Elsevier Production Tracking System (PTS), from which the Share Link data is extracted, will not be included at this stage. These include The Lancet and a number of third-party owned titles.

Share your research

There are a number of options for posting and sharing your article below. For further information see Green open access with Elsevier, our sharing policy and our FAQ on posting.

I want to share my article

At a conference:
You can always present your research in forms such as a presentation, or poster.

For classroom teaching purposes:
You can use your article for your own classroom teaching and internal training at your institution (including use in course packs and courseware programs.

For grant applications:
You can include your article for grant funding purposes. 

With my colleagues:
You can easily share your article with your colleagues through email.

On a preprint server:
You can always post your preprint on a preprint server. Additionally, for ArXiv and RePEC you can also immediately update this version with your accepted manuscript. Please note that Cell Press, The Lancet, and some society-owned titles have different preprint policies. Information on these is available on the journal homepage.

On my personal blog or website:
We recommend that you list all your publications and link back to the final version on ScienceDirect to make it easier for you to be cited. In addition to this you can also post your preprint or accepted manuscript and any gold open access articles on your non-commercial personal website or blog.

On my institutional repository:
You can post your accepted author manuscript immediately to an institutional repository and make this publicly available after an embargo period has expired. Remember that for gold open access articles, you can post your published journal article and immediately make it publicly available.

On a subject repository (or other non-commercial repository):
You can always post your preprint version and you can also post your accepted author manuscript after the embargo period has expired. Remember for gold open access articles, you can post the published journal article immediately.

On Scholarly Collaboration Network (SCN), such as Mendeley, ResearchGate,
You can share your preprint, article abstract or a link to your article on commercial sites. Additional sharing options may be available, see

Social Media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter:
Elsevier will send you a 'share link': a personal, customized short link that you will receive after final publication of your article. It provides 50 days free access to your newly-published article on ScienceDirect to anyone clicking on the link. We encourage you to share this link on social media. After 50 days the share link will still work but automatically revert to a link to your full text article.


Offprints are an exact copy of the article published in either paper or digital (PDF) form. A few journals still offer offprints, but Share Links will soon replace them.

Ordering offprints
You will automatically receive an Offprint Order Form when your paper is accepted. If several authors are listed, the named corresponding author will receive the request form. The corresponding author must compile requests from all contributing authors into a single order. You can order paper offprints when you receive the Offprint Order Form. If your journal does not offer paper offprints as standard, you will need to pay a small fee. After you return the order form, please allow 30-60 days for delivery of paper offprints, dependent on local postal services. You can check the dispatch date using the track your article tool.

After publication, you can order paper offprints via the WebShop. You can order 50 to 250 offprints, in increments of 50, on high-quality glossy paper with optional covers. If you are ordering paper offprints on behalf of a corporation or institution, please contact

Measuring an article's or journal's impact

When sharing and promoting an article you want to measure the article's impact or the journal's impact or use My Research Dashboard.