6 ways to find Elsevier’s open access content

A brief guide to discovering open access journals and articles on ScienceDirect

Editor's note: While the advice in this article remains the same, the look of the icons and labels has changed since publication.

At Elsevier, we have been busy scaling our open-access publishing program; we now publish 56 open-access journals and host a further 91 on behalf of our society and publishing partners. However, you may not know how to navigate to these journals and articles.

Here are some tips to help you find this content easily.

1. Find a list of open-access journals

You can navigate to our list of open access journals from the ScienceDirect homepage by clicking the link for our "Open Access Journal Directory" or bookmarking https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/browse/all/open-access.

2. Find a list of all journals that have open-access articles

In addition to our 56 open access journals, we give authors the option to publish open-access articles in over 1,600 of our established journals. Find a list of these journals on the ScienceDirect homepage by clicking "View all publications with Open Access articles."

Once you are in the publication list, you can limit your results to open-access journals or journals that contain open-access articles by selecting the appropriate filter checkboxes.

3. Find a list of open-access articles

The easiest way to find relevant open-access articles is to search ScienceDirect. By keying in your search terms, you will be able to identify any relevant open-access articles in your search results by looking for the label "Open Access."


Search only for open access articles4. Search only for open access articles

If you would prefer to see filtered results that only show open-access articles, then you need to use the advanced search.

In the advanced search, you can refine your search results to only show open-access articles by selecting the checkbox for Open Access Articles.[divider]

5. Find out if the article you are reading is open access

If you are reading an Elsevier published article online, you just need to look out for the orange label for "Open Access" located under the article's title and author information. To find out how to reuse an open-access article, look at the footnote at the end of the article for details on the Creative Commons license selected by the author.


6. Find open-access articles in a particular journal

Elsevier has over 1,600 journals which support open access by publishing both open-access articles and subscription articles. To see if a journal is either open-access or supports open access, look underneath the journal's title.

For journals that support open access, ScienceDirect users can click on the open-access article link on the left-hand sidebar to navigate to the open access articles published in the journal.


Open access at Elsevier

ScienceDirect forms a critical part of our commitment to enhancing the visibility and discoverability of our open access content, and its contents showcase Elsevier's ever growing open-access publishing program.

For more information on Elsevier's open-access publishing program, please see www.elsevier.com/openaccess and the open-access articles on Elsevier Connect.

Seeking your feedback

We make substantial investments in innovative tools and services that improve the efficiency and productivity of researchers and research institutions. We look forward to hearing your feedback on how we can continue to improve this. Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.[divider]

Elsevier Connect Contributor

Rachel MartinRachel Martin (@rachelcmartin) is the Universal Access Communications Manager at Elsevier, based in Amsterdam. She is responsible for helping to communicate Elsevier's progress in areas such as open access, philanthropic access programs and access technologies.

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Segundo October 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I collect the RSS feeds from a number of Elsevier journals, so I can know when new articles of my interest have been published recently. I normally read the articles from an RSS reader. From my RSS reader, how I can identify the Open Access articles that have been published in one of your hybrid journals?

Alison Bert, Editor-in-Chief October 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Hi Segundo,

You have asked a very good question. My colleagues at Elsevier are looking into it and will post a response soon.

Rachel October 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hi Segundo,

We are indeed currently working on that functionality. However, to receive the open access articles for a particular journal in an RSS feed right now, customers can run a search (from the advanced or expert search form) using the ISSN of the intended journal by using the search term below:

issn(<issn>) AND openaccess(1)

Then, from the search results page, click on the RSS feed link and follow the instructions.

Dr Vicky Katsoni November 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

any idea how I can publish an open access journal on behalf of my association? What steps should I take?

Thank you a lot


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