Science & society

From reading research, to discussing the latest breakthroughs, fostering a greater connection between science, medicine and technology with society can help to identify and solve society's challenges. Elsevier plays a role in this process by making sure that trusted content is communicated and translated for both specialised and broad audiences. Elsevier is also involved in promoting Research Integrity.


From researchers and students using content published in our books and journals on a daily basis to a patient who needs critical information about their treatment, Elsevier has a range of access options to ensure that everyone can access the important information they need. Some of our key programmes include:

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Providing access in emergencies

In times of global crises, disease and natural disasters Elsevier develops timely, dedicated resource centres which provide free access to medical research, online tools and expert advice on emergency themes. The resource centres are developed for healthcare professionals, librarians, researchers and members of the public. Our centres include:

We also partner the US National Library of Medicine on the Emergency Access Initiative to provide temporary free access to full text articles to healthcare professionals, librarians and members of the public affected by disasters. Access was triggered for the Haiti 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic, flooding in Pakistan (2010), both the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami in Japan (2011), Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and the Ebola crisis (2014).

Science literacy

Part of Elsevier's job is to disseminate research and improve understanding of science with both specialised and broader audiences. Our programmes include:

  • AudioSlides: Elsevier journals offer authors the option to upload a short web-cast style audio presentation describing their research in their own words. These presentations are available for free to everyone through ScienceDirect.
  • Elsevier Connect: Our online community and news site publishes news stories about the science, technology and health research papers published in Elsevier journals. Since its launch, over 1000 stories have been published which combined reach a monthly average of over 160,000 unique visitors and receive more than 220,000 page views.
  • Science & People: This is a series of events organised by Elsevier which bring together researchers and the interested public to discuss the latest science, technology and medical research. The events are co-organised with local partners and help to promote research to the wider public.
  • Media promotion of research: Journalists are skilled at translating science for the wider public. Elsevier provides free access for media to help to write research stories, as well as promoting the latest research through press releases and our Research Highlights alerts for journalists.


Pint of Science

Pint of Science is a global initiative that aims to shed light on science in a fun, engaging and approachable way. It takes science out of the labs and brings it to pubs and bars. It offers established, early-career and non-professional researchers a podium to exchange information with colleagues as well as the public; they receive feedback from a diverse audience, hear perspectives from non-specialists and garner attention for their work outside the lab.

Elsevier has been an active partner, sponsor and promoter of the Pint of Science festival, supporting events in the UK, Germany, Brazil and the United States.

Wikipedia Library's Access Donation Programme

As a contributing publisher to the Wikipedia Library’s Access Donation Programme, Elsevier provides top Wikipedia editors with free access to ScienceDirect. This helps editors to research topics, edit articles and cite authoritative sources on Wikipedia, improving the encyclopaedia and bringing the best quality information to the public.


Launched at the beginning of 2014, REISearch is a European Commission co-funded project aimed at creating an online arena for responsible and informed multi-stakeholder debate. The initiative’s ambition is to better understand the evidence, the constraints and the opinions of citizens across Europe on key societal issues by bridging communication gaps between science, society, media and policymakers; Elsevier is an active supporter of the initiative.

Sense About Science

A UK-based charity that aims to promote public understanding of science by working with scientists, journalists and others to ensure that evidence lies at the forefront of public discussions about science, and to correct unscientific misinformation.

Since 2006 Elsevier has partnered SAS. Through the partnership a unique series of co-hosted events and publications has worked to increase the understanding of peer review among journalists, policymakers and the public as well as to engage and inspire early career researchers to stand up for science in public debates around the world.

The Science Media Centre

As an independent charity, the SMC believes that scientists can have a huge impact on the way the media cover scientific issues, by engaging more quickly and more effectively with the stories that are influencing public debate and attitudes to science. Their goal is to provide, for the benefit of the public and policy makers, accurate and evidence-based information about science and engineering through the media, particularly on controversial and headline news stories when most confusion and misinformation occurs.

Elsevier has been a proud supporter of the SMC since 2006.

White City Maker Challenge Programme, Imperial College London

Imperial College London has created a programme to support more than 100 young people from disadvantaged urban communities around London to become the next generation of “makers” and entrepreneurs. The Maker Challenge Programme enables children aged between 14-18 to engage with science, engineering and design topics. Activities and workshops will be held in a dedicated maker space at Imperial’s White City Campus, with support and expertise from staff and students of the world’s top 10 universities.

The Elsevier Foundation is a key contributor to the programme through its three-year grant.

VALERIE Research Project, Wageningen University- the Netherlands

There is a compelling need for research to play a significant role in helping to tackle the global challenge of increased demand for food. Many EU and nationally funded projects in the fields of agriculture and forestry provide excellent results, yet translation of these results into farming practices is limited. Driven by Wageningen University, the aim of the Valerie Research Project is to boost innovation by integrating empirical knowledge into field practice, i.e. bringing science to farmers in the Netherlands.

Elsevier is a proud contributor to the project, providing support with database development and through free access to key journals within agriculture and forestry disciplines. This content will feed directly into the “” – the search engine that will serve as knowledge portal for farmers.

Accessibility partnerships

Elsevier is an accessible publisher and we partner a number of organisations to help further accessibility for both books and journal articles. These partnerships include Load2Learn and Bookshare.

Elsevier is also a founding partner in the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) that aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats (braille, audio and large print) and make them available to people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled. It is an inclusive partnership organisation led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and involving advocacy organisations, authors, libraries and publishers.

Research integrity

Elsevier shares the research community’s goal to promote the integrity of research – from proper design methodology to ethical article submission, properly reviewed publication and making research data available for re-use.