Share Links let authors share their new publications for free

The customized link gives 50 days of free access to the author’s article on ScienceDirect after final publication

Researchers who publish in academic journals understand the necessity to expose their papers to the widest audience possible, and they want to be able to do this easily. The new Share Link service makes it easy for authors to share their articles so they can get more exposure and more citations. After final publication of their articles, authors are now given a customized link ("Share Link") to their article on ScienceDirect.

What is Share Link?

A Share Link is a customized short link that authors will receive after final publication of their article, providing 50 days free access to their newly-published article on ScienceDirect to anyone clicking on the link.

To learn more about the program, visit the Share Link page on

This Share Link allows authors and their network to access their final published articles on ScienceDirect for free for a 50-day period. The link can be readily shared via email and social networks.

After a successful trial, Share Links are increasingly being offered to authors of most journals. The Share Links will eventually replace the current electronic offprints for these journals. The links are easier to share than the electronic offprints, and will help authors to spread the word about their articles, generating extra attention across the research community.

The first Share Links have been emailed to authors. The response was promising, and we've seen many authors sharing their research on social media channels.

After publishing a paper in the Journal of Human Evolution, Dr. David J. Nash, Professor of Physical Geography in the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton, tweeted his enthusiasm:

David Nash tweet

When contacted, he commented on why the free access was so important in his part of the world:

I'm very supportive of making research as widely available to end-users and the interested public as possible. Not everyone has access to academic journals, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa where I do much of my research. Rather than having to send my contacts personal copies of papers, it is much more useful to have free access, even if only for a limited period. The research I published last year in the Journal of Human Evolution was funded internally by my institution. As such, I did not have the resources to pay for full open access to my article. Any move to improve this situation would be welcomed.

Dr. Marialuz Cayuela of the Department of Soil and Water Conservation and Waste Management of the Campus Universitario de Espinardo at the University of Murcia in Spain also shared her appreciation on Twitter after publishing her paper in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment:

Marialuz Cayuela tweet

Later, she wrote:

I welcome this initiative. Even if it is for a short period of time, I feel motivated to share this opportunity in social media, so that everybody interested in the topic can read the article.


Elsevier Connect Contributors

Mareille Prevo

Inez van Korlaar, PhDAs Director of Project Management for STM Journals Marketing at Elsevier, Dr. Inez van Korlaar (@InezvKorlaar) is responsible for the global marketing communication projects for the STM Journals department. She has a PhD in health psychology from Leiden University and is based in Amsterdam.

As Marketing Communications Manager for Health & Medical Sciences (HMS) Journals at Elsevier, Mareille Prevo is responsible for developing and implementing marketing plans to support the development, acquisition, maintenance and quality of journals and services. She is based in Amsterdam.

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