Accessing content

Free or low-cost programmes to access vital scientific and medical information.

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 people can access the information they need.


  • Open content: Elsevier publishes open access content which is free for readers to access, this includes open archives and open manuscripts via the CHORUS service.
  • Journalist access: Research articles are regularly distributed to 1,500 journalists with unrestricted media access, helping the media to break leading stories relevant to the public.
  • Wikipedia editor access: provides free access to over 2,500 journals, 900 serials and 26,000 book titles for Wikipedia editors. Read more
  • Nobel Tribute: Collections of Nobel prize winners' work, published by Elsevier, are made freely available.
  • Elsevier Connect: Articles featured on Elsevier Connect are free for everyone to access for 90 days.
  • Onsite access: Our ScienceDirect platform is available to the public via on-site user access from any participating university library or UK public library via the Access to Research program.
  • Article Rental: Articles can be rented through DeepDyve from over 250 of Elsevier's journals at a very low cost. A 24-hour article rental to read-only PDF is provided at a price per article of between $0.99 and $3.99.
  • Guest user access: As a guest user anyone can access all abstracts and citations on ScienceDirect for free and sign up for alerts.
  • Emergency Access Initiative: Provides free access to full-text articles from more than 650 biomedical serial titles and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

Developing countries

  • Research4Life: Provide free and low cost access to more than 3,100 Elsevier journals and 13,000 Elsevier e-books through Research4Life.
  • International Centre Theoretical Physics (ICTP) eJournals delivery service: provides a free technical solution for scientists working in developing countries that do not have access to sufficient bandwidth or cannot afford to digitally connect to content. This is available for individual scientists in developing countries working in the fields of physics, mathematics and computer science.
  • Library of Alexandria: Provide individual researchers working in fields such as tropical medicine and sustainable development in the least-developed and low-income countries with access to both ScienceDirect and Scopus.
  • Open content: Elsevier publishes open access content which is free for readers to access, this includes open archives and open manuscripts via the CHORUS service.
  • TEEAL: provides agricultural researchers working in developing countries in places where there is no internet with access  to thousands of full-text PDF articles.

Researchers and students

  • ScienceDirect Access: Elsevier provides access to over 14 million researchers via our online platform ScienceDirect. We give customers flexibility in the way they purchase access and recommend researchers check with their librarian or information specialist to see if they have access.
  • Personal access via the Elsevier Store – offers online or print personal subscriptions to many of our titles.
  • Open content: Elsevier publishes open access content which is free for readers to access, this includes open archives and open manuscripts via the CHORUS service.
  • Postdoc access programme: provides access to ScienceDirect for scholars who have their PhDs but who currently do not have a research position.
  • Accessible formats for print disabilities: We provide alternate files to help students with print disabilities worldwide. Campus disability services may use the AccessTextNetwork or the Elsevier Disability Request Form to request a file.
  • Featured articles and special issues: Elsevier regularly promotes articles to researchers through promotional campaigns such as our top downloaded, most cited and in promoting special issues. Articles included in these campaigns are free for everyone to access for a limited period.
  • Share link: Authors who publish with Elsevier receive a share link of their published article, providing 50 days free access to their article on ScienceDirect.
  • Transactional: Elsevier offers options to purchase single articles (Pay-per-view) and groups of articles (Article Choice). We also work in partnership with document delivery suppliers such as Ingenta and Subito.
  • On-site access: Our ScienceDirect platform is also available to the public via on-site user access from any participating library.
  • Open data pilot: We also make raw research data freely available for users to download and use alongside the article.

Healthcare professionals & patients

  • PatientINFORM: provides low-cost access to medical research in 100 healthcare journals.
  • PatientACCESS: We also participate in a programme where patients or their caregivers can register and, for a small handling fee, receive research papers via email.
  • Advances in Gastrointestinal Cancer Resource Centre: provides healthcare professionals with free access to the latest research in the form of journal articles, patient case reports and interviews with experts. The resource centre is hosted by the European Journal of Cancer and Clinical Colorectal Cancer.
  • Bookshare: Elsevier has made a collection of its top titles available in accessible format on, the world’s largest online library for people with print disabilities.
  • Load2Learn: Blind and dyslexic students can access research published in Elsevier titles in accessible format by working with Load2Learn, a web-based service delivered by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People UK).
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS): Elsevier provides free access to ClinicalKey for more than 200 clinical RFDS staff, ensuring that both emergency and primary health services can continue to be provided to remote communities in Australia.
  • Elsevier's Zika Virus Resource Centre: collection of continually updated resources from Elsevier's content and experts, including The Lancet and world-renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Raphael Dolin.

Corporate and SME

  • Tailored products: Corporate organisations have different access needs and Elsevier has developed a number of tailored products to help to extract information in formats which enable better decisions and greater innovation.
  • Transactional: Articles can be ordered and delivered in electronic or print format via pay-per-view, a credit card-based article purchasing option. Other options include DeepDyve.
  • UK pilot for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): To help to understand the needs of small businesses (less than 25 full-time employees), we are running two access pilots with Biocity and Sci-Tech.