Obtaining permission to re-use Elsevier material

Obtaining permission to re-use Elsevier material is simple. Follow the guide below for a quick and easy route to permission.


Check whether the content is hosted on an Elsevier platform such as ScienceDirect or Health Advance.

The majority of our journals and Science & Technology books, along with many of our Health Sciences books, are available online on ScienceDirect, with more titles being added on an ongoing basis, enabling you to gain instant permission via Rightslink®.



If content is on ScienceDirect

If the content you wish to re-use is on ScienceDirect, you may request permission using Rightslink®.
With Copyright Clearance Center’s Rightslink® service, it’s faster and easier than ever before to secure permission to re-use material from Elsevier titles. Simply follow the steps below:

1. Locate your desired content on ScienceDirect (guest users can view abstracts for free simply by clicking on the article or chapter title)
2. Click on the ‘Get rights and content’ button located under the author details,  adjacent to the DOI.


3. The following page will then be launched (turn off your pop-up blocker):



4. Select the way you would like to reuse the content.
5. Create an account if you have not done so already.
6. Accept the terms and conditions.

For questions about using the Rightslink® service, please contact Customer Support via phone 877/622-5543 (toll free) or 978/777-9929, or email customercare@copyright.com.

Please note that when you create an account with Rightslink®, you will be asked to provide your credit card information. This does not necessarily mean that your request will be subject to a permissions fee; it is part of the registration process only. You can determine whether your request is subject to a fee by clicking on the “quick price” button after you have made your selection on how you wish to use the material. 

If content is not on ScienceDirect

If the content you wish to re-use is not on ScienceDirect, you may complete the Permission Request Form. We aim to process routine requests within 10 working days of receipt. However, every effort will be made to meet more immediate deadlines if indicated.


Disability requests 

If you require electronic files for a student with a disability, please complete the  disability request form.

Contact us

Questions about obtaining permission? Contact the Permissions Helpdesk at permissionshelpdesk@elsevier.com or (+1) 800-523-4069 x 3808.