Open access

Elsevier supports both gold and green open access. To discover more about our approach to open access explore the links below.

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 c$150 and c$6000 US Dollars excluding tax, 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.

Gold open access

What is it?

It is when published research is free for everyone to read and use.

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Green open access

What is it?

It is a version of a subscription article which is also free for everyone to access.

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Did you know?

Here are 10 ways in which we support open access.

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Making compliance easier

CHORUS is an easy way for researchers to comply with funder and increasingly institutional open access policies.

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Open access journals

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

View the list of gold open access journals

Open access books

Find out about our open access book publishing options.

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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