Proofing and licensing
Accurate proofreading and clear marking of corrections are essential for publishing a high-quality article. As soon as your article has been typeset you will receive an email, either with a link to our online proofing system or with a PDF attachment. If you are proofing a PDF it is important to ensure that you return all of your corrections in one communication.
You will receive a copyright agreement to sign during the time between your article's acceptance and its final version. For subscription articles, you will transfer copyright to Elsevier as part of a journal publishing agreement; for open access articles, you will sign an exclusive licence agreement, where you have copyright but license exclusive rights in your article to Elsevier. For more information visit the copyright page.
You will receive the PDF e-offprints within 24 hours of your article appearing on ScienceDirect. If you ordered printed offprints, these will be dispatched 6-8 weeks after the issue is published. See the offprints page for more information.