Select the publishing model that’s right for you.

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Whatever your discipline or funding requirements, our goal is to make it easy for you to find the right open access home for your research and we provide a range of publishing options to help you choose the model that works best for you and your research.

  • You can choose to publish open access in over 90% of our journals.
  • That includes more than 1,900 subscription journals that welcome gold open access articles.
  • Choose from more than 350 gold open access journals – we’re adding more every month.
  • There is a range of subsidized gold OA titles, where the article publishing charge is paid by an organization or society.

Choosing an open access journal is simple: with more than 350 gold open access journals, Elsevier has a broad choice of titles, including journals publishing dedicated data, software, hardware and methods articles, alternative article formats (such as videos) and specialty and broad scope journals. If there’s a particular journal that isn’t fully open access, you still have options! More than 1,900 of our journals are hybrid, so you can choose to publish gold open access in them.

open accessIn the gold open access model, you pay an article publishing charge (APC), making your article immediately, permanently, and freely available for anyone to access, read and build on. In many cases, your institution or research funder will pay the APC on your behalf.

OA Choice imageIf you choose to publish a subscription article, we can still help you meet your grant’s open access requirements. All our journals offer a green open access option, meaning you can post a version of your article in a repository after an embargo, so people can access it freely. See our sharing policy for more information.

When you’re ready to publish your open access article, you will need to choose a Creative Commons license from a selection. The license you choose determines how other people can use and build on your work. For more information, see our licenses page.

Get started by searching for the best journal for your research.

Funding body and institutional agreements

Funding bodies and institutions around the world increasingly require researchers to publish open access in some form, so that everyone can see the work they’re supporting. If your funder or institution requires you to publish gold open access, you’ll find the options and support you need with Elsevier.

With nearly 50 agreements with funding bodies and countries worldwide—including the Wellcome Trust, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), European Research Council, World Health Organization, and the National Institutes of Health—Elsevier helps to ensure that authors publishing in our journals are in full compliance with open access policies and specific funding requirements.

Our agreements around the world mean that your institution or research funder may pay the article publishing charge (APC) on your behalf or you may receive a discount to publish your article.

For a full list of Elsevier’s funding body and institutional agreements, see here.


If you want to publish open access but cannot afford to pay the APC, you can request a waiver. We consider these on a case-by-case basis, giving priority to requests from countries eligible for the Research4Life program, which provides developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

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Established in 2002, Research4Life is a public-private partnership that began as a collaboration between the World Health Organization and six publishers, including Elsevier. With the goal of reducing the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries, today the partnership is as diverse and thriving as ever: more than 200 partners have joined, along with the Yale and Cornell University libraries and four UN agencies (FAO, WIPO, UNEP and ILO)—all working together towards the common goal of providing access to research in 120 developing countries.

With over 80,000 peer-reviewed resources, R4L has become the primary means of access to research for the majority of users in developing countries. Elsevier provides a quarter of that research, with approximately 3,000 Elsevier journals and 20,000 eBooks as part of its corporate responsibility program. In 2018, there were over 1.8m Research4Life downloads from ScienceDirect.

Discover the benefits you’ll enjoy when publishing open access with Elsevier.

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