Accessing content 

Free or low cost programs to access vital scientific and medical information.

From researchers and students using content published in our books and journals on a daily basis to a patient who needs critical information about their treatment, Elsevier has a range of access options to ensure that people can access the information they need.


Public 

  • Open content: Elsevier publishes open access content which is free for readers to access, this includes open archives and open manuscripts via the CHORUS service. 
  • Journalist access: Research articles are regularly distributed to 1,500 journalists with unrestricted media access, helping the media break leading stories relevant for the public. 
  • Wikipedia editor access: Provide free access to over 2,500 journals, 900 serials and 26,000 book titles for Wikipedia editors. 
  • Nobel Tribute: Collections of Nobel prize winner's work, published by Elsevier, is made freely available. 
  • Walk in access: Our ScienceDirect platform is available to the public via walk-in user access from any participating university library or UK Public library via the Access to Research program.  
  • Article Rental: Articles can be rented through DeepDyve from over 250 of Elsevier's journals at a very low cost. A 24-hour article rental to read-only PDF is provided at a price per article between $0.99 and $3.99.
  • Guest user access: As a guest user anyone can access all abstracts and citations on ScienceDirect for free and sign up for alerts.

Developing countries 

  • Research4Life: Provide free and low cost access to more than 2000 Elsevier journals and 7,000 Elsevier e-books through Research4Life
  • International Centre Theoretical Physics (ICTP) eJournals Delivery ServiceProvides a free technical solution for scientists working in developing countries that do not have access to sufficient bandwidth or cannot afford to digitally connect to content. This is available for individual scientists in developing countries working in the fields of physics, mathematics and computer science. 
  • Library of Alexandria: Provide individual 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.
  • Open content: Elsevier publishes open access content which is free for readers to access, this includes open archives and open manuscripts via the CHORUS service.

Researchers and students

  • ScienceDirect Access: Elsevier provides access to over 14 million researchers via our online platform ScienceDirect. We give customers flexibility in the way they purchase access and recommend researchers check with their librarian or information specialist to see if you have access. 
  • Personal access via the Elsevier Store – offers online or print personal subscriptions to many of our titles.
  • Open content: Elsevier publishes open access content which is free for readers to access, this includes open archives and open manuscripts via the CHORUS service. 
  • Postdoc access program: Provides access to ScienceDirect for scholars who have their PhD's but who currently do not have a research position. 
  • Accessible formats for print disabilities: We provide alternate files to help students with print disabilities worldwide. Campus disability services may use the AccessTextNetwork or the Elsevier Disability Request Form to request a file.
  • Share link: Authors who publish with Elsevier receive a share link of their published article, providing 50 days free access to their article on ScienceDirect. 
  • 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.
  • Walk in access: Our ScienceDirect platform is also available to the public via walk-in user access from any participating library.
  • Open data pilot: We also make raw research data freely available for users to download and use alongside the article.

Patients

  • PatientInform: Provide low cost access to medical research in 100 health care journals.
  • Patient Access: We also participate in a pilot where patients or their caregivers can register and for a small handling fee receive research papers via email.

Corporate and SME 

  • Tailored products: Corporate organizations have different access needs and Elsevier has developed a number of tailored products to help extract information in formats which enable better decisions and grater innovation.
  • Transactional: Articles can be ordered and delivered in electronic or print format via pay-per-view, a credit card-based article purchasing option. Other options include DeepDyve.
  • UK Pilot for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): To help understand the needs for small businesses ( less than 25 full time employees), we are running two access pilots with Biocity and Sci-Tech.