Author resilience center

In times of local or global stress, carrying on researching and publishing is difficult. Your main priority is and must remain your own health & safety and that of your families, of course. In order to assist you with continuing your regular publishing activities as far as possible, we offer here a selection of resources that you might find helpful. Some of these are doubtless tools with which you will be already familiar but we trust this center will add some measure of support in difficult times. With very best wishes for your health and personal endeavours.

- The Elsevier Author Experience Team

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Free Mindfulness sessions for the research community!

During this difficult time, we're supporting the research community with free Mindfulness sessions! Following our introductory podcast, we are pleased to offer the first in a series of free sessions. We really hope that these help make the situation a little easier for you all. Enjoy and stay safe!

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Stay connected

  • Depending on your situation, you may not be able to access your library, lab or other physical resources.
  • Make sure you are familiar with how to access materials remotely. Here is advice on accessing ScienceDirect.
  • Make full use of open access content - as of 2019, 8.5 million articles have been published open access in peer-reviewed journals, according to data from Scopus and ImpactStory.
  • Deploy tools such as GetFTR,, Share Links and the postdoc free access program to find, share and access research.
  • Familiarize yourself with any scholarly society/association networks which may provide such resources as forums and virtual conferences.
  • Though you may not be able to attend conferences and elicit in-person feedback from your community, there are still many options! You could host your research online or post in a Mendeley group. Alternatively, gain feedback by considering posting to a pre-print server such as SSRN or consider open peer review titles.
  • If you are able to, use communications tools such as WebEx, WhatsApp, Skype, WeChat, Google Hangouts, or Zoom.
  • Harness the power of social media to stay in touch with colleagues as well as family and friends.


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Stay organized

  • Having to stay away from the office or lab will cause you to rethink your approach to work.
  • Consider using tools to help plan and organize your tasks and team such as Trello, Google Tasks, Asana or Slack.
  • It will help to anticipate and mitigate for changed/broken deadlines. Some tasks you might not be able to do when you want so consider having alternative (non-time limited) things you can get on with.
  • If you are unable to make a deadline yourself, remember to update your supervisor/colleagues/funding provider. They should be understanding given the circumstances.
  • Similarly, be aware that the journal to which you submit is undoubtedly facing similar difficulties. As a result, be aware that the peer review process might take longer than usual. The editors and reviewers will appreciate your patience during this difficult time.


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Stay focused

  • Most journals and other publication outlets are still operating semi-normally, but as noted above, the peer review process may take longer than normal.
  • If you are not able to publish a full text article in the timeframe or manner that you originally intended, you might want to rethink your publication output – consider for example short articles, working/idea papers, case reports, data articles, preprints. NB SSRN accepts idea papers, posters, datasets, working papers, negative results, conference papers and more…
  • If you are able to, please continue to accept requests to review.
  • There are lots of great resources on Author Hub, Researcher Academy and Authors’ Update about writing, reviewing, navigating the peer review process and much more...
  • Steer clear of predatory journals despite pressure to get published - don't take shortcuts!
  • If you can’t get through to colleagues, make use of any available tools to help guide you (e.g. JournalFinder, Author Services).


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Help & support

In need of assistance? Visit our publishing support center where you'll find answers to many questions as well as being able to email, chat, phone and set up callback with our dedicated support agents.

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