Elsevier-Couperin Agreement

Elsevier and Couperin (the French national consortium of research and high education institutions) have entered a pilot agreement that supports the open science objectives set by the French government. Central to the agreement is support for the Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL) national repository, a government-backed open archive where French authors can deposit scholarly output.


Green open access

French authors publishing under the subscription model are able to self-archive their manuscript in the HAL national repository. In addition, Elsevier will make the accepted manuscript available on ScienceDirect on the author’s behalf, after an embargo period.


Gold open access

French corresponding authors are also able to benefit from an incentive to publish open access, under the following circumstances:

  • The author must be the corresponding author affiliated with an eligible institution
  • The article must have a submission date of between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2022

On publication, the final published article will be made freely available on ScienceDirect under the author’s choice of open access license (CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND).

Further information is available on Couperin’s webpage.