Open access – reflecting on our journey 15 years on

Our infographic highlights 10 ways we support open access

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Almost 20 years ago, an idea for a new, different way of publishing was shared within the research community. Today, open access – in all its shapes and forms – is a standard option for authors across the globe and across all the journals we publish.

We weren’t the first or the fastest to adapt, but we’ve come a long way since the introduction of our self-archiving policy in 2004 and the launch of our first open access journal in 2009. Today, with over 250 fully open access journals and 26 percent growth of OA articles year-on-year, we are one of the world’s fastest-growing open access publishers.

Every year, we notice an increase in the number of authors who choose to publish open access with us and those accessing the articles on our platform, ScienceDirect. This reinforces our responsibility to keep the quality of our journals high and evolve our offerings to meet diverse needs. We want to continue to support authors to publish in the journal of their choice under the model of their choice.

Most of our journals now offer an immediate (gold) open access option at a price below market average while delivering above average quality. However, we are aware that not all authors can cover publication costs themselves. That’s why we have enabled the green open access option across all our journals, without exception – so all researchers who publish with us can go OA should they wish to do so. Additionally, we have partnerships and agreements with funding bodies and institutions around the world to help funded researchers meet their requirements, and to help develop the new workflows and systems needed for OA.

As a technology company, we have made a commitment to support open science beyond just publishing, and to enable a more inclusive, collaborative and transparent world of research. We keep our preprint server, SSRN, free for all authors who wish to share their original work, and we encourage them to do so, both for the articles we go on to publish and for those that go on to be published elsewhere. Furthermore, institutions that want to build their own open access programs and showcase their institutional output can now do so using Digital Commons, with full control of the processes and infrastructure.

We will continue to test new solutions and learn from the communities we serve to up-scale those that work and down-scale those that do not – and we welcome your feedback every step of the way.

We have created an infographic to give you a full overview of the ways we support open access – have a look to find out more.

Written by

Georgiana-Simona Baciu

Written by

Georgiana-Simona Baciu

Georgiana-Simona Baciu is Open Science Manager at Elsevier. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester, UK, she moved to Amsterdam in 2017 to join Elsevier’s Newsroom as an intern. Georgiana is a strong believer in the power of volunteering and in communication as a tool to bridge the gap between sustainability research and policy.


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