Publishing with Elsevier: step-by-step
1. Find a journal
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We support open access (OA) in our journals and you have the option to filter on journals offering OA options
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2. Prepare your paper for submission
Download our 'Get Published' quick guide', which outlines the essential steps in preparing a paper. (This is also available in Chinese). It is very important that you stick to the specific “Guide for Authors” of the journal you are submitting to. This is found on the Journal Home Page. You can find information about the publishing process in the 'Understanding the publishing process' guide. It covers topics such as Authors' Rights, Ethics and Plagiarism, and journal and article metrics. Free online lectures and courses on preparing your manuscript can be found at the Elsevier Publishing Campus. With more than 3 million users, Mendeley makes your life easier by helping you organize your papers, citations and references, accessing them in the cloud on any device, wherever you are.
3. Submit and revise
You can submit to most Elsevier journals using our online systems; the system you use will depend on the journal to which you submit. You can access the relevant submission system via the 'Submit Your Paper' link on the Elsevier.com journal homepage of your chosen journal. Alternatively, if you have been invited to submit to a journal, follow the instructions provided to you. Once submitted, your paper will be considered by the editor and if it passes initial screening, it will be sent for peer review by experts in your field. If deemed unsuitable for publication in your chosen journal, the editor may suggest you transfer your submission to a more suitable journal, via an Article Transfer Service.
4. Track your submission
You can track the status of your submitted paper online in either the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) or Elsevier’s new system, EVISE®. The system you use to track your submission will be the same system to which you submitted. Use the reference number you received after submission to track your submission.
If your paper is accepted for publication, you will receive a reference number and a direct link that lets you follow its publication status using the track your article tool.
5. Proofing and licensing
Congratulations, you’re almost there! As soon as it’s accepted, your article will be given a DOI and published on ScienceDirect as an Article in Press. You can track your article and citations throughout the publishing process, until your article has been assigned to an issue.
You now need to focus on accurate proofreading and clear marking of corrections. Make sure to sign a copyright agreement and select a license if you have chosen to publish open access.
6. Sharing and promoting your article
Now that your article is published, you can promote it to make a bigger impact with your research. Sharing research, accomplishments and ambitions with a wider audience makes you more visible in your field. This helps you get cited more, enabling you to cultivate a stronger reputation, promote your research and move forward in your career.
- Check whether you can submit – some journals are invitation only
- Read about aims and scope to make sure the journal is a match
- Submit your manuscript to one journal at a time
- Consider the options for sharing your research data
- Use journal metrics to understand the impact of a journal
- If available, check the journal at Journal Insights
- Check open access options on the journal homepage
- Use an external editing service, such as Elsevier’s WebShop
- Make use of Mendeley, a free reference manager & scholarly collaboration network
- Free online training to support you in publishing world-class content available at the Elsevier Publishing Campus
- While proofreading inform yourself about copyright and licensing
- After publication, celebrate and Get Noticed!