Perpetual Preservation of Scholarly Content

Did you know that Elsevier ensures the discoverability, accessibility and long-term usability of your content? Here is what happens to your research after acceptance:


Elsevier receives 65,396 submissions annual submissions to mathematics journals. Of these, 16,868 articles are accepted and processed for publication. Our average acceptance rate is 24%. This results in the production and publication of 241,874 editorial pages.

Once your article is accepted, it is produced into a PDF and professional typesetters generate metadata and convert its text into XML/MathML. This allows your article to be indexed, retrieved, and reused in multiple formats over time.

- Work from supplied sources to draft the publication in the typesetting model of the journal.
- Correct grammar and spelling errors. However, guidelines for editing at mathematics journals are unique. Over-editing is avoided, preventing unintentional change the mathematical meaning of your work.
- Carefully check each equation where your manuscript font and the journal format differ. This is to identify any change in spacing between words and formulae.


ScienceDirect hosts content from 2500 journals and has nearly 10 million active users from 120 countries.*

Elsevier has made continual investment in content innovation, such as multimedia, data, code, digital file formats, following community needs. Such enhancements of our platforms allow integrated, semantically driven packaging of content that can be easily targeted to specialties and communities.

We provide full text to frequently used services in mathematics like MathSciNet, ZentralBlatt, and NUMDAM. An XML version is also used to display the paper in HTML on ScienceDirect in our new online format, which uses MathJax. We also link and produce metadata which is shared with the major A&I services, and work on Search Engine Optimization, so that content can be easily found now, and in the future.

71% of the costs for a single paper are in hosting and archiving.*

Elsevier maintains separate deep archives of all material in three separate sites, in three continents. In the event of major change all the content is retrievable.

Journals in our Open Archives program provides free to access to all articles, 4 years after publication.

Furthermore, our open access publishing options include agreements with funding bodies and research institutions that allow authors to sponsor unlimited online access at the point of publication to their respective articles on ScienceDirect and more.

Publications are also available for free or at low-cost in developing nations via the Research4Life program.


In 1580, the original House of Elzevir published estimated 2,000-3,000 titles, including Descartes' Geometrica, Viètes' Opera Mathematica, and Galileo Galilei's Discorsi e Dimostrazioni Matematiche, Intorno a Due Nuove Scienze (Two New Sciences). We have retro-digitized historical and important works such as these in our Heritage Collection.

12 million articles and 11,000 books are currently available on ScienceDirect Furthermore, our agreements with Dutch National Library (KB), National Library of Congress, and the British Library ensure content availability into perpetuity.

We work to ensure the protection of your scientific record. We pursue and defend your work against misuse. All our publications now use CrossMark to help distinguish different versions of papers. This means that core publication components will be preserved and reformatted to ensure accessibility in the future.**

* 2012 Figures ** Supplementary material in variable formats cannot be guaranteed