Get the audience your research deserves.

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When you publish open access with Elsevier, you get the exposure you need without the effort.

At Elsevier we recognize that access to quality scientific research is vital and timely. Providing open access publishing options is one of the ways we can help you advance essential scientific knowledge so that your important contributions to the field can reach the widest possible audience.

Publishing OA with Elsevier means your work will be automatically discoverable by the 1 million daily visitors to ScienceDirect - the world's leading source for scientific, technical, and medical research. What’s more, your article will also be indexed and shared as widely as possible. Our gold open access journals feature in prominent databases such as Scopus, the Directory of Open Access Journals, Web of Science, and PubMed Central.

Audience, reach, and engagement

Since open access articles have a wider readership than subscription articles, you’ll naturally reach a larger and more diverse audience that includes educators, policy makers, and the general public. And with Elsevier’s cutting-edge search and recommendation technology - such as the article recommender on ScienceDirect - your work can make an even bigger impact, reaching new audiences within your scientific community and beyond.

Mendeley Impact screenshotYou can track your visibility, too. Once your article is published, you’ll be able to gather insights into how people are interacting with it - Elsevier’s PlumX Metrics let you track citations, usage, captures, mentions, and social media activity.

You can also monitor and showcase your impact and see how readers are interacting with your article with Elsevier solutions such as individual online profile pages (via Mendeley Impact) and regular email updates.

As a published author, Mendeley Impact provides you with a unique, connected view of how your published articles are performing in terms of citations, how many Mendeley users have read your articles, views of the articles you have published in an Elsevier publication, your h-index and media mentions. Having this view helps you to evaluate and demonstrate your research impact.

More information is available here.


Elsevier makes it easy to find open access articles on Scopus. Through our partnership with ImpactStory, researchers are now able to discover more than 8.5 million peer-reviewed open access articles in Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

You own the copyright to your article and can make your work as open and visible as you like by choosing from a selection of creative commons licenses, enabling others to build on what you’ve done. Learn more about Elsevier’s copyright and user license options here.


Get credit for your contribution: tell us what your role was in the research and we’ll highlight it in your article through the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT). CRediT seeks to recognize individual author contributions, reducing authorship disputes and facilitating collaboration. The idea came about following a collaborative workshop led by Harvard University and the Wellcome Trust, with input from researchers, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and publishers - including Elsevier - represented by Cell Press.

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

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