Open access

At Elsevier, we are committed to providing researchers with both green and gold open access options. Explore the links below for more information.

What are my open access options?


Gold open access

Green open access

(Sharing your subscription article)

  • Public access is to the final published article
  • Access is immediate
  • Free access to a version of your article
  • Time delay may apply (embargo period)
  • Open access fee is paid by the author, or on their behalf for example by their institution or funding body.
  • Fees range between $500 and $5,000 US Dollars depending on the journal with prices clearly displayed on our Article Publishing Charge (APC) price list and on journal homepages.
  • No fee is payable by the author as publishing costs are covered by library subscriptions.
  • Authors can choose between a commercial and noncommercial user license.

This is a specific license, such as a Creative Commons license, which is applied to your article and determines how readers can use, download and share your article.

 Read more about gold open access

 Read more about green open access

Open access journals

Find an overview of all open access journals published by Elsevier.

View the list of gold open access journals

Open archive

Elsevier provides free access to archived material in selected Elsevier journals.

View the list of Elsevier open archive journals

Journal embargo finder

Search tool to find the embargo period for your Elsevier journal.

Find journal embargo periods


Elsevier works with institutions and funding bodies around the world to help authors publishing in our journals comply with open access policies.

Find an overview of all agreements


Elsevier is a founding member and supports the CHORUS service, providing a provide a low cost compliance service for open access.

Read more about supported partners