Clarification of our policy on prior publication
Addressing a question that has arisen recently from both editors and authors
By Gemma Hersh Posted on 27 January 2016
We understand that authors and institutions appreciate clarity on publisher policies on prior publication and how these might sit alongside institutional requirements for authors to deposit their e-theses.
To avoid any doubt, Elsevier does not count publication of an academic thesis as prior publication. You can find further information on our policy regarding prior publications here >> or view the summary below.
Elsevier Policy on prior publication
Elsevier welcomes submissions from authors and will consider these for publication where work has not previously been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Elsevier does not view the following prior uses of a work as prior publication:
- Publication in the form of an abstract
- Publication as an academic thesis
- Publication as an electronic preprint
Some journals may also consider for publication works that have been previously published as part of a published lecture. Further information on each journal’s prior publication policies is included within the journal’s Guide for Authors.