Introducing Heliyon

Elsevier’s new broad scope, open access journal

At the beginning of this year, Elsevier announced plans for a new open access journal, which will publish technically sound papers across all disciplines. The journal was announced early in its development to ensure members of the research community had the opportunity to provide feedback. In the weeks that followed, we received a number of useful suggestions and finalized a number of important details - including the name. This new broad scope journal will be called Heliyon!

Here is what you need to know about Heliyon’s development.

The name

The journal has innovation at its core, so it was important that the name be unique, memorable, and new to the publishing world. Taking Helios - the Greek god of the sun – as our inspiration, we came up with the name Heliyon, to symbolize the light the journal will shine on important research.

Journal built on feedback

Throughout Heliyon’s development, we will actively solicit feedback from the research community so we can ensure it suits your needs. From a new submission system to review processes and reader interface, Heliyon will adapt and evolve in response to the suggestions we receive. This feedback will be captured through a variety of channels including the recently launched The Heliyon Blog, Facebook page, Twitter profile, and Google+ Page.

Recruitment of Editorial Advisory Board

Claudia LuppHeliyon is now actively recruiting its Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) and would like to hear from enthusiastic academics across all research communities. Over the coming months, Heliyon’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Claudia Lupp, will collaborate with the EAB to make key decisions about the journal’s editorial direction. If you would like to be considered for the EAB, please email

Licensing and article publishing charge

Authors who publish their research in Heliyon will have a choice of two Creative Commons licenses: CC-BY and CC-BY-NC-ND. Both licenses enable the public to immediately access the final published article and provide authors with the ability to choose the most suitable license for their needs. The article publishing charge (APC) for research published in Heliyon will be $1,250 plus VAT or local taxes, where applicable.

Impact on other Elsevier journals

This is Elsevier’s first open access, broad scope journal and it will be a platform for experimentation and innovation in areas such as content display, peer review processes, and author services. Lessons learnt through this testing can be rolled out to other Elsevier journals and will lead to improvements and innovation across the company. Additionally, in some instances, authors whose papers are rejected by other Elsevier journals will have the option of transferring their article to Heliyon, speeding up the publication process.

In the coming months, the journal will launch a new website and begin accepting article submissions. We will provide regular updates as the journal continues to develop and grow. If you have any questions about Heliyon in the meantime, please email

Author biography

Mary-Beth O'LearyMary Beth O’Leary is Marketing and Publicity Manager for Heliyon, based in London. Prior to moving to London, she lived in Boston where she joined Elsevier in August 2009. For over five years she worked for Cell Press in various roles across editorial, marketing, and public relations. Most recently she acted as Media Relations Manager for Cell Press’ 30 titles. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, she studied literature and art history.

Archived comments

Jo Gayles says: March 13, 2015 at 4:02 am
Is there any more information on the price? What those costs go to?
Also, is there a peer review process, and if so is there potential to become a reviewer?

Mary Beth O'Leary says: March 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm
Thank you for your questions Jo. The APCs cover the costs of publishing an article including such things as managing peer review, editorial handling, production, mark-up and tagging, promotion, online hosting, and archiving. Papers published in Heliyon will indeed go through peer review. There is certainly potential for researchers in all disciplines to become a reviewer. If you have any interest or additional questions, please feel free to contact us at

Prof. Michael Hall says: March 18, 2015 at 1:25 am
It is a welcome development. However, it is with some concern that the article states “in some instances, authors whose papers are rejected by other Elsevier journals will have the option of transferring their article to Heliyon, speeding up the publication process”. It seems to me that one of the great issues with Open Access publishing initiatives such as this as that they are not perceived as second rate or second choice alternatives. Surely rather than transferring a paper because it has been rejected in one journal (even though it may have potential), it still needs to be reviewed if being resubmitted. otherwise it
a) just looks like another revenue raising implement for Elsevier
b) doesn’t necessarily encourage the submission of the best research in its own right – especially in interdisciplinary areas that are not well accommodated for anyway – and
c) positions the journal as a second choice publication or for those who could not publish elsewhere?

Claudia Lupp says: March 20, 2015 at 9:39 am
Thank you for your feedback Professor Hall. Heliyon will publish technically sound research across all disciplines. Papers submitted to the journal will undergo a thorough peer review informed by robust guidelines to ensure technical soundness. Every paper has to pass peer review based on these criteria. In instances where a technically sound paper is found to be outside the scope or impact range of another Elsevier journal, the author will have the option to transfer their paper to Heliyon. This option is meant to enhance Elsevier’s offering to authors, not to decrease quality of Elsevier’s published content. Heliyon is not just a journal that will publish rejected content, we very much hope that researchers will consider submitting their papers to us directly and we will work hard to build a reputation to publish quality research and do so well. If you have any additional questions, please email our team at
Best Wishes, Claudia Lupp, Editor-in-Chief

Steve Pressé says: June 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm
Dear Claudia,
I am trying to get a feeling for what you guys are shooting for. Is the idea to have this be like a PLoS ONE?
If not, what other journal would you compare this to?

Sara Grimme says: June 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm
Hi Steve,

Thank you for your question and interest in Heliyon! Similar to PLoS ONE, Heliyon will be impact neutral. This means that Heliyon will publish technically and ethically sound papers from across all research disciplines regardless of their relative advance or perceived impact. Heliyon has an expert editorial team, rigorous peer review, and fast publication timeframes, and we are committed to improving the author and reader experiences. With our far-reaching content channels, we¹ll put papers in the right hands, making sure our authors don¹t miss an opportunity to share, collaborate, and be discovered by their research community, colleagues, and future collaborators.

To learn more about Heliyon, watch our video at or visit

Best Wishes,
Sara Grimme
Publishing Director

Salvana says: June 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm
Dear Claudia,
I would like to Know about the impact factor this journal?


Mary Beth O'Leary says: June 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Hi Salvana,

Thank you for your question. Since Heliyon has not yet begun publishing content, the journal does not have an Impact Factor at this time. It is worth noting that Heliyon will be impact neutral. This means that Heliyon will publish technically and ethically sound papers from across all research disciplines regardless of their relative advance or perceived impact.

Best Regards,
Mary Beth O’Leary
Marketing & Publicity Manager

Jeanne Adiwinata Pawitan says: September 22, 2015 at 10:42 am
Is this journal indexed in Scopus? The 1st issue is released already, but search using “Heliyon Scimago” or “Heliyon Scopus” did not show that it is indexed in Scopus

Mary Beth O'Leary says: September 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm
Hi Jeanne,

As soon as Heliyon is eligible, we will apply for indexing in Scopus as well as PubMed and ISI. Should our application be accepted by Scopus, we will inform our social media followers.

Best Wishes,
Mary Beth O’Leary
Marketing & Publicity Manager

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