Access for patients

It is important that patients and their caregivers have access to important medical research. Elsevier has a number of ways patients can access and use medical information.


Elsevier has partnered Copyright Clearance Centre's RightsLink to provide access to selected health-oriented journals for patients and caregivers through PatientACCESS. This service enables patients and their caregivers to obtain the latest research and medical information for a low-cost fee. Articles are emailed within 24 hours for personal use with a maximum of 5 articles per patient or caregiver.

Accessing information through PatientACCESS is a simple process of three steps:

  1. After locating the relevant article, readers just click on the link "Get rights and content" in the right-hand pane on the article page.
  2. A pop-up will appear in your browser. Select "PatientACCESS" from the drop-down menu.
  3. Following this selection, follow the steps to order the article for a small fee, after which the article will be emailed directly to you for your personal use.

View participating journals


PatientINFORM is a collaborative private-sector initiative of medical publishers, health organisations, medical societies and health information professionals. PatientINFORM allows patients, caregivers and the broader public to access the most important new research articles on specific diseases and treatments through the websites of participating health organisations. Participating health organisations also provide interpretation of research articles, in the form of summaries or news items written to be understood by non-physician, non-scientist readers, along with links to the original research articles on participating medical journals’ websites.

Elsevier was a founding member of this initiative in 2005 and has over 130 journals live in the program.

Other types of access

In addition to our dedicated patient access programmes, there are other ways to access important medical research. These include:

  • Emergency resource centres: For specific medical related emergencies, Elsevier creates dedicated emergency resource centres which provide free access to curated, relevant research. Examples of these include our resource centres on the Zika and Ebola virus. In addition to this, we also participate in the Emergency Access Initiative which gives temporary free access in certain emergency situations.
  • Free access to The Lancet abstracts, editorial, world report, perspectives, correspondence: as a guest user, anyone can access free content via the website. Read more
  • Free access to Cell Press archives: all Cell Press titles provide free access after 12 months from the Cell Press website.
  • Open Access articles: Elsevier publishes a number of medical-related open access journals which are free for everybody to access. See a full list via ScienceDirect.
  • View full list of access programs