Royalty FAQs

When are royalty payments made?

Royalty payments are made as agreed in your contract. Most of our contracts are either annual (January-December) or semi-annual (January-June and July-December). Annual contracts are generally paid in March each year. Semi-annual contracts are generally paid in either March and September, or April and October.

How will royalty payments be made?

An author can indicate his preferred method of payment; this can be by check or electronic transfer. Elsevier encourages you to use electronic transfer as it is safe, secure and results in quicker access to your royalty earnings.

What if my royalty payment gets lost?

If your royalty payment is ever lost in mailing, please contact us and we will reissue your payment to you. Electronic payment methods will eliminate the possibility of lost payments and results in quicker access to your royalty earnings.

Who should I contact with royalty questions?

Although your acquisition editor remains your primary point of contact with Elsevier, you are welcome to contact the Global Royalty Department with any royalty related questions you may have.

Global Royalty Department
Elsevier Inc.
3251 Riverport Lane
Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043

Toll free from the US: 866 800-0214
Toll free from Holland and the UK: 00800 0485 2090

Secure fax: 314 447-8037

Working hours: Monday – Friday 6:00 AM until 17:00 PM CST

What should I do if I change residence or employers?

Please ensure that both your acquisition editor and the Elsevier Global Royalties Department always has current home and work contact information for you. You may email address changes to us at