Share Link

What is a Share Link?

A Share Link for authors is a personal, customized short link that you will receive after final publication of your article, providing 50 days free access to your newly-published article on ScienceDirect to anyone clicking on the link.

Each customized link is ideal for sharing via email and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Mendeley. Users clicking on the Share Link will be taken directly to the article with no sign up or registration required.

How do I request a Share Link?

You will automatically receive the Share Link at the final citable publication stage of your article. If several authors are listed, the named corresponding author will receive the Share Link which can then be shared with co-authors.

You can track the progress of your article in the publication system with our online tracking system.

Which journals will offer Share Link?

The majority of Elsevier's journals will benefit from the program. Only those operating outside the Elsevier Production Tracking System (PTS), from which the Share Link data is extracted, will not be included at this stage. These include The Lancet and a number of third-party owned titles.

What are the benefits?


Currently few journals still offer offprints. Offprints are an exact copy of the article published in either paper or digital (PDF) form. Offprints will be replaced by Share Links in the near future.

How do I request additional paper offprints?

You will automatically receive an Offprint Order Form when your paper has been accepted for publication. If several authors are listed, the named corresponding author will receive the request form. It is the corresponding author's duty to compile requests from all contributing authors into a single order.

How do I order paper offprints?

Prior to publication, you can order paper offprints when you receive your Offprint Order Form. If your journal does not offer paper offprints as standard, you will have to pay a small fee. After you return the order form, please allow 30-60 days for delivery of paper offprints. This is also dependent on local postal services.
After publication, you can order paper offprints via the Elsevier Author WebShop. Here you can order between 50 to 250 offprints, in increments of 50, provided on high-quality glossy paper with optional covers.

If you are ordering paper offprints on behalf of a corporation or institution or wish to order more than 250 offprint copies, please contact: