FAQs for a journal moving to open access
What does a journal moving to open access mean to authors?Show answer
Anyone submitting to the journal on or after the changeover date will be expected to cover the cost of the Article Publishing Charge (APC) to publish in the journal. The APC can be found on the journal open access (OA) information page.
The APC is payable after your paper is accepted for publication in the journal. If your work is published it will be published under a Creative Commons licence and freely available for anyone to access and read via ScienceDirect.
Conditions on the reuse of your work will depend on the licence that you choose to publish under.
Please visit the journal homepage on Elsevier.com to identify this changeover date.
What does a journal moving to open access mean to subscribers?Show answer
After a journal has changed to open access, libraries will no longer have to pay to give their researchers access to the content published on or after the changeover date. This is because the cost of publication is covered through the Article Publishing Charge paid by the author or on their behalf. All content is freely available to all in perpetuity. Past issues will remain as subscription content and subscribers will continue to access these as part of their collections and subscriptions.
Why did a journal become open access?Show answer
Elsevier regularly reviews its journals to ensure we are continuing to provide high quality publishing options that meet researcher needs. In some cases, for example where we see strong appetite for or take up of gold open access in a journal, we might assess the journal’s publication model accordingly.
Where do I find the Article Publishing Charge (APC)?Show answer
You can find the APC for all original research papers and review articles on the Journal open access information page, which can be accessed via the journal homepage on Elsevier.com.
Will the editorial standard change?Show answer
Journals changing to open access will continue to maintain the same rigorous editorial standards. The Editor and Editorial Board will remain unchanged, unless there are specific alterations listed on the journal homepage.
What happens if I submitted my paper before the changeover date, but it isn’t published in 2020?Show answer
You will not need to pay an Article Publishing Charge for your paper in this scenario, but your paper will be made open access and you will be asked to make a choice of CC license.
What happens to all the content published before 2020? Will it become open access?Show answer
No, the content previously published under the subscription model in the journal will remain accessible to subscribers.