Open access author agreement

Author Agreement Diagram

Copyright when publishing open access

It is important that authors understand how licenses impact on the publication and use of their research. There are two agreements needed for publishing scholarly research; an author agreement and a user license.


In order for us to do our job of publishing and disseminating your research article we need publishing rights.


  • For articles published in either an Open Access Journal or via our Open Access Article program, we use an Exclusive License Agreement

Exclusive License Agreement

Authors retain: Elsevier is granted:
Copyright of the article An exclusive right to publish and distribute an article.
Patent trademark and other intellectual property rights in the article The right to provide the article in all forms and media so the article can be used on the latest technology even after publication.
The right for proper attribution and credit for the published work The right to publish and disseminate the article under the author’s choice of user license (such as Creative Commons) for the purposes of Open Access publication

The right to reuse of their own work defined by their choice of user license:

  • For CC BY NC ND or CC BY NC SA there will be the same reuse as the selected user license.  The author will also have additional scholarly rights to create certain derivative works.
  • For CC BY there will be no restrictions on the author’s use of the article.
 Additional rights to enforce the rights in the work, on behalf of an author, against third parties in the case of plagiarism, ethic disputes and fraud