National Institute of Health (NIH)

    The NIH public access policy requires authors to submit accepted manuscripts that arise from NIH funding to PubMed Central, immediately upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available after 12 months.

    Elsevier and NIH have an arrangement that supports NIH-funded authors and NIH employees who publish with Elsevier to comply with NIH’s public access requirements.

    Gold open access

  • Elsevier provides open access (OA) publishing options which enable authors to comply with NIH’s policy. Specifically, authors can choose to publish their article in an open access journal or in one of over 1850 established (‘hybrid’) journals with an open access option.  Please note: For journal published by The Lancet and Cell Press, the NIH gold open access option is only available in open access journals. Authors publishing in The Lancet and Cell Press hybrid titles can comply with NIH policy via the green route (see below).
  • Elsevier will provide the corresponding author with a choice of two Creative Commons licenses, including the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.
  • The Version of Record of the article will be freely available on the journal’s site immediately upon publication.
  • A publication fee must be paid to publish an article gold open access. Elsevier's open access publication fees range between c$150 and c$5000 US Dollars and are journal specific. Specific pricing information can be found on the journal homepage and our APC price list is available here.

  • Green open access

  • NIH-funded authors and NIH employees are required to deposit to PubMed Central (PMC), or have submitted on their behalf, their Accepted Manuscript, to appear on PMC no later than 12 months after final publication.
  • As a service to our authors, where the author has identified themselves as being NIH funded or an NIH employee, Elsevier will deposit the accepted manuscript to PMC on behalf of the author, to be made publicly available after 12 months.
  • Authors are also able to make their accepted manuscript publicly available after 12M, in line with Elsevier’s sharing policy.
  • For details about the terms and conditions for the use of Elsevier published content in PMC click here