Skip to main content

Unfortunately we don't fully support your browser. If you have the option to, please upgrade to a newer version or use Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari 14 or newer. If you are unable to, and need support, please send us your feedback.

Publish with us
Press release

Elsevier and Vanderbilt University’s Heard Libraries Establish Landmark Five-Year Open Access Transformative

New York | February 20, 2024

Elsevier, a global leader in information analytics and scientific publishing, is pleased to announce a five-year read and publish agreement with Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Librariesopens in new tab/window that will advance open science and enhance access to scholarly research.

The transformative agreement, which is effective through 2028, provides Vanderbilt researchers with access to high-quality research published in Elsevier’s extensive portfolio of journals. Vanderbilt researchers will also enjoy expanded open access publishing options in those journals, enhancing the visibility and impact of their work. The agreement supports a sustainable scholarly publishing model that aligns with values of openness, inclusivity and equity.

Jon Shawopens in new tab/window, University Librarian, said: “This exciting new partnership with Elsevier strengthens our libraries’ commitment to improve information access at Vanderbilt and promote collaborative scholarship across our community. The agreement not only encompasses access to Elsevier’s leading peer-reviewed journals but also expands our scholars’ publishing impact by extending the reach of their research.”

James Tonna, VP Research Sales, Americas at Elsevier, added: "We are excited to work closely with Vanderbilt University to advance open science. This transformative agreement marks a significant step toward a more inclusive and accessible research ecosystem, fostering innovation and collaboration."

The partnership reflects the commitment of Elsevier and Vanderbilt to contribute to global knowledge sharing and to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration through open access. The five-year transformative agreement will enable researchers to build on each other's work and accelerate scientific discovery, driving positive change in the scholarly publishing landscape.

Learn more about which Elsevier journals are included in the agreement. Researchers in need of assistance should direct questions to Vanderbilt’s subject librariansopens in new tab/window.

Notes for editors

About Vanderbilt University

Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University is internationally recognized for its transformative education and research. The university’s 10 schools reside on a parklike campus set in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing a collaborative culture that empowers leaders of tomorrow. In addition to offering an immersive residential undergraduate experience, Vanderbilt is deeply committed to expanding the global impact of its innovation and research as it increases opportunities for faculty, students and staff to pursue bold new ideas and discoveries. Learn more at vanderbilt.eduopens in new tab/window.

About Elsevier

As a global leader in scientific information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making with innovative solutions based on trusted, evidence-based content and advanced AI-enabled digital technologies.

We have supported the work of our research and healthcare communities for more than 140 years. Our 9,500 employees around the world, including 2,500 technologists, are dedicated to supporting researchers, librarians, academic leaders, funders, governments, R&D-intensive companies, doctors, nurses, future healthcare professionals and educators in their critical work. Our 2,900 scientific journals and iconic reference books include the foremost titles in their fields, including Cell Press, The Lancet and Gray’s Anatomy.

Together with the Elsevier Foundationopens in new tab/window, we work in partnership with the communities we serve to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world.

Elsevier is part of RELXopens in new tab/window, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. For more information on our work, digital solutions and content, visit


Portrait photo of Andrew Davis


Andrew Davis

Vice President of Communications, Academic & Government


+44 7393 242466

E-mail Andrew Davis