Elsevier supports both gold and green open access. To discover more about our approach to open access explore the links below.
Our open access options
Gold open access
- Publish in an open access journal OR
- Publish in a journal which supports open access (hybrid)
- The final version of the published journal article is made freely available, immediately, to everyone
- Authors can choose between a commercial and non-commercial Creative Commons user license
- The publishing costs are covered by the author or by their institution/funding body/society on their behalf, typically in the form of an Article Publishing Charge (APC) or other types of fees. Authors can check with their institution whether funding for their APCs is available.
What is gold open access?
It is when published research is free for everyone to read and use.Read more
Here is how it works. Published articles are:
- Peer reviewed
- Immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download
- Able to be reused in a number of different ways as defined by the user license
- Permanently preserved in our digital archives
- Have CrossMark® which links copies of the article to the final version of record to maintain the publication record
What is the cost of gold open access?
All gold open access articles are free for everyone to read. We can provide gold open access services because the article publishing charge (APC) or other fees that authors, their institutions or funding bodies pay, covering all expenses needed to support the publication process.
Where can you publish?
- Open access journals: Do not have any subscribers and publish all their articles gold open access. See a list of open access journals published by Elsevier
- Hybrid journals: Support open access and are two journals in one: a subscription journal and an open access journal. After acceptance authors can choose how they wish to publish and broadcast their research.
- Subsidized journals: Published research is free to read and the APC is subsidized by an organization or society which means authors do not need to directly pay.
Complying with policies
We are also able to help researchers in complying with the policies of their funders and institutions. We have established a number of agreements with organizations such as the Wellcome Trust, Research Councils UK, which help outline the compliant open access options available to researchers. See our list of funding body agreements.
Everyone is able to download, copy and share gold open access articles. We provide authors with a choice of publishing under either the Creative Commons licenses CC-BY or the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND user license. These licenses will help maximize the impact of your article, getting the most spread
and use out of it. Click here for the details.
Green open access
- By linking to the article
- By self-archiving a version of the article in line with our sharing policy
If an article was published under the subscription model, it can be shared in the following ways:
- No fee is payable by the author as publishing costs are covered by subscriptions
What is green open access?
It is a version of a subscription article which is also free for everyone to access.Read more
What does it cost?
Green open access is possible because subscribers pay all the expenses needed to support the publication process. This means authors do not need to pay any additional charges.
When can you share?
Millions of researchers have subscriptions to immediately access research on ScienceDirect. To enable open access for a subscription article a time delay, known as an embargo period, is needed. This begins from the date the article is formally published online in its final and fully citable form (i.e. online publication date or the issue publication date). Our embargo periods typically range from 12 – 24 months and specific embargo periods can be found on the individual journal homepages. Search for an embargo period
How can you share?
- Linking: Sharing a link to the article can be done immediately either via our Share Link service or with the article’s permanent address (DOI)
- Open Archives: Everyone can read and download free archived material in 139 Elsevier journals after an embargo period. See a list of journals with open archives
- Self-archiving: Authors can post a copy of their research for everyone to read for free. See our sharing policy for details
There are also alternative ways Elsevier is enabling linking to articles. For example, if your funder partners with CHORUS, all readers will be able search for your article and follow a link to ScienceDirect where they can access either the final version of the article or the accepted manuscript.
Did you know?
We fully support open access!
Here are 10 ways in which we do that.
Elsevier works with institutions and funding bodies around the world to help authors publishing in our journals comply with open access policies.
Elsevier is a founding member and supports the CHORUS service, providing a provide a low cost compliance service for open access.