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Access for healthcare professionals & patients

From reading research to discussing the latest breakthroughs, fostering a greater connection between science, medicine and technology with society can help identify and solve society's challenges.

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Patient access

Patients and caregivers can make requests for individual papers related to medicine and healthcare at no cost. These papers can be requested by e-mailing [email protected](opens in new tab/window). We aim to provide the requested articles within 48 hours. Please include the article title and author(s), date published, and/or the URL if available. This will ensure that our team can locate the requested content as quickly as possible. In addition, patients and caregivers who participate in the publication of an article and have a preference or need to publish that article open access, but lack the funds for the Article Publishing Charge, can make a request for a waiver of the APC by emailing [email protected](opens in new tab/window) . Please include the article title; author(s); and the journal title you have submitted the article to.

Emergency Access Initiative

We partner with the US National Library of Medicine on the Emergency Access Initiative(opens in new tab/window) to provide temporary free access to full text articles to healthcare professionals, librarians and members of the public affected by disasters. Access was triggered most recently for the Ebola crisis (2014), the Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria (2017) and the earthquakes in Mexico (2017).

Open content

As a guest user, anyone can access free content via in new tab/window) such as The Lancet abstracts, Editorial, World Report, Perspectives, Correspondence. All Cell Press titles also provide free access after 12 months from the Cell Press website. Furthermore, Elsevier publishes a number of medical related open access journals(opens in new tab/window) which are free for everybody to access.

Emergency resource centers

For specific emergencies, Elsevier creates dedicated emergency resource centers which provide free access to curated, relevant research. A recent example is our resource center on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We also gave full access to the Elsevier content on our COVID-19 Information Center for PubMed Central and other public health databases to accelerate fight against the coronavirus.


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. Blind and dyslexic students can access research published in Elsevier titles in accessible format by working with RNIB Bookshare(opens in new tab/window), a web-based service offered by the Royal National Institute of Blind People UK(opens in new tab/window).