Authors who publish in Elsevier journals can share their research by posting a free draft copy of their article to a repository or website. Researchers who have subscribed access to articles published by Elsevier can share too. There are some simple guidelines to follow, which vary depending on the article version you wish to share.
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Policies for sharing published journal articles differ for subscription and gold open access articles:
- If you are an author, please share a link to your article rather than the full-text. Millions of researchers have access to the formal publications on ScienceDirect, and so links will help your users to find, access, cite, and use the best available version.
- Theses and dissertations which contain embedded PJAs as part of the formal submission can be posted publicly by the awarding institution with DOI links back to the formal publications on ScienceDirect .
- If you are affiliated with a library that subscribes to ScienceDirect you have additional private sharing rights for others' research accessed under that agreement. This includes use for classroom teaching and internal training at the institution (including use in course packs and courseware programs), and inclusion of the article for grant funding purposes.
- Otherwise sharing is by agreement only.
Gold open access articles:
Authors can share their accepted manuscript:
- via their non-commercial personal homepage or blog.
- by updating a preprint in arXiv or RePEc with the accepted manuscript.
- via their research institute or institutional repository for internal institutional uses or as part of an invitation-only research collaboration work-group.
- directly by providing copies to their students or to research collaborators for their personal use.
- for private scholarly sharing as part of an invitation-only work group on commercial sites with which Elsevier has an agreement.
After the embargo period
- via non-commercial hosting platforms such as their institutional repository.
- via commercial sites with which Elsevier has an agreement.
In all cases accepted manuscripts should:
- Link to the formal publication via its DOI.
- Bear a CC-BY-NC-ND license – this is easy to do, click here to find out how.
- If aggregated with other manuscripts, for example in a repository or other site, be shared in alignment with our hosting policy.
- Not be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the published journal article.
- Authors can share their preprint anywhere at any time.
- If accepted for publication, we encourage authors to link from the preprint to their formal publication via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Millions of researchers have access to the formal publications on ScienceDirect, and so links will help your users to find, access, cite, and use the best available version.
- Authors can update their preprint on arXiv or RePEc with their accepted manuscript.
- Cell Press, The Lancet, and some society-owned titles have different preprint policies. Information on these are available on the journal's homepage.
- Preprints should not be added to or enhanced in any way in order to appear more like, or to substitute for, the final versions of articles.