Open access pricing policy

Articles which are published open access are peer reviewed, and upon publication are permanently free to be read by everyone. These articles require an open access fee to be paid either by the author, or on their behalf ( for example by their institution or funder).

Elsevier publishes journals encompassing the full breadth of scientific research and the full range of research outcomes and have set our open access fees to be market based and competitive and reflect this diversity and range. Our fees are journal specific and range from $500 to $5000 US Dollars. For specific pricing information, please refer to the individual journal homepages and guide for authors. 


If an authors would like their article to be published open access, but cannot afford these fees, then individual waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of genuine need. Priority for this waiver program will be given to applications by authors from countries eligible for the Research4Life program.

Funding body agreements

Elsevier has established funding body agreements to help authors comply with the open access requirements of the major funding bodies. In some cases, funding bodies will reimburse authors open access publishing fees. Read more

Prepaid institutional plans

For authors funded by one of the Research Councils UK, Elsevier has established prepaid plans with selected institutions which help authors easily publish their research open access. Read more

Retrospective open access

We have a strict policy not to charge subscribers for open access content published in our hybrid journals.

These are journals which support open access and are basically two journals in one: a subscription journal and an open access journal. After acceptance authors can choose how they wish to publish their article.

In order for us to accurately account for open access articles published each year, Elsevier offers the possibility to retrospectively make an article open access after publication:
  • For 2013 articles up until 31st May 2014
  • For 2014 articles up until 31st January 2015.

For authors who are unable to make their article gold open access and wish to share their article, please read our access initiatives and green open access options.