Sharing and promoting your article

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. Sharing your article is an important part of research and it’s important to share responsibly.

As an author, you benefit from sharing the appropriate version of your article which ensures that:

  • You always receive credit – you need to be cited accurately, which will also ensure that services such as your personal Stats dashboard records your citations correctly
  • The integrity of the Scientific Record is not compromised - you should always direct readers to the most up to date version of your article - a link to the published journal article.
  • You make use of services we offer – Sharelinks are a personal, customized short link that provides free access to your article for 50 days

Responsible sharing in line with copyright enables publishers to sustain high quality journals and the services they provide to the research community. Elsevier supports responsible sharing and responsible sharing platforms and we adhere to the voluntary sharing principles of the STM Association.

For information on how you can share your published journal article, please see below. For information on sharing preprints and accepted manuscripts, please refer to our sharing policy.

Promote your article

Now that your article is published, you can promote it to make a bigger impact with your research.

Download our Quick Guide and to find ways to make your article stand out. Also visit our "Ensuring Visibility" topic on Researcher Academy for free e-learning resources.

  • Consider search engine optimization and keywords to help readers discover your article
  • Think about promoting your article through social media and press
  • Decide how you will share your article
  • Monitor your article's impact with article level metrics

Share your article

Sharing research is an important part of the research process. This simple guide will help you share your research broadly.

Share Link

To help you reach more readers, Elsevier will send you a Share Link when your article is published: A personal, customized short link that provides free access to your article for 50 days. This means you can invite colleagues and peers to access your article on ScienceDirect, sharing it by email and social media. Readers who click on the Share Link will be taken directly to your article, with no sign up or registration required.

  • 50 days’ free access to the html and PDF versions of your article
  • Sharing the link via social media accounts and email helps you generate interest in your article
  • Sharing your article makes it more visible, potentially increasing downloads and citations
  • The process is simple: just click on the link during the 50-day free access period

You will automatically receive the Share Link at the final citable publication stage of your article. If several authors are listed, the named corresponding author will receive the Share Link, which can then be shared with co-authors.

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Share your research

There are a number of options for posting and sharing your article below. For further information see Green open access with Elsevier, our sharing policy and our FAQ on posting.

Unless otherwise noted, the examples below relate to your published journal article. For information on how you can share preprints and accepted manuscripts, please refer to our sharing policy.

The STM Association has created which helps to explain how authors and users can share articles published in academic journals. It includes the Can I Share It look-up tool which provides academic researchers with an easy way to check where a journal article can be shared in line with the paper’s access and usage rights.

I want to share my article:

You can always present your research in forms such as a presentation, or poster.

You can use your article for your own classroom teaching and internal training at your institution (including use in course packs and courseware programs.

You can include your article for grant funding purposes.

You can easily share your article with your colleagues (and other individuals) in private communications such as email.

You can always post your preprint on a preprint server. Additionally, for ArXiv and RePEC you can also immediately update this version with your accepted manuscript. Please note that Cell Press, The Lancet, and some society-owned titles have different preprint policies. Information on these is available on the journal homepage.

We recommend that you list all your publications and link back to the final version on ScienceDirect to make it easier for you to be cited. In addition to this you can also post your preprint or accepted manuscript and any gold open access articles on your non-commercial personal website or blog. Gold open access articles can be posted on your non-commercial personal website or blog. Authors can also share gold OA articles under CC-BY license on commercial websites. See “A word about Gold OA” below.

You can post your accepted author manuscript immediately to an institutional repository and make this publicly available after an embargo period has expired. Remember that for gold open access articles, you can post your published journal article and immediately make it publicly available.

You can always post your preprint version and you can also post your accepted author manuscript after the embargo period has expired. Remember for gold open access articles, you can post the published journal article immediately.

Services such as SCNs enable authors to showcase their work, providing fast and effective ways to collaborate and disseminate research.

A number of SCNs are working together with publishers to help to showcase your work by sharing links to published journal articles on author profiles.

We encourage authors to share their research responsibly on SCNs. You can share your preprint or a link to your article.

Example SCNs can be found on the STM Association’s page.

Elsevier will send you a 'share link': a personal, customized short link that you will receive after final publication of your article. It provides 50 days free access to your newly-published article on ScienceDirect to anyone clicking on the link. We encourage you to share this link on social media. After 50 days the share link will still work but automatically revert to a link to your full text article.

You can also share your final published article immediately by publishing it open access.

Gold Open Access licensing and sharing

If you have chosen to publish your article open access, you can share according to the end user license selected:

  • CC-BY licensed articles may be shared with anyone, on any platform or via any communication channel.
  • CC-BY-NC-ND licensed articles may be shared on non-commercial platforms only.

More information is available on our open access licenses page.

Do you want to make your published paper OA?

If your article has already been published as a subscription article, it may still be possible to make it open access up until 31st January of the following year by paying the Article Publishing Charge (APC) associated with your journal.  For example, if the article has a formal date of publication of March 2017, authors are able to make their article open access up until the 31st January 2018. This cutoff date is necessary to uphold our no double dipping policy. To request retrospective open access or for further details, please contact us.