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Open content
Elsevier publishes open access articles which are free for readers to access. We also make articles openly available through our open archives and open manuscripts via the CHORUS service.

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Journalist access
Research articles are regularly distributed to over 2000 journalists with unrestricted media access, helping the media break leading stories relevant for the public.

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Wikipedia editor access
We provide free access to over 2,500 journals, 900 serials and 26,000 book titles for Wikipedia editors, enabling them to disseminate scientific knowledge in accessible language to large audiences.

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Nobel tribute
Collections of Nobel prize winner's work, published by Elsevier, are made freely available every year, while the laureates are honoured through articles on Elsevier Connect.

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Elsevier Connect
From scientific breakthroughs and partnerships to events and opinion pieces, the articles featured on Elsevier connect cover stories for the science, technology and health communities.

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On-site access
Our ScienceDirect platform is available to the public via onsite user access from any participating university library or UK Public library via the Access to Research program.

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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 between $0.99 and $3.99.

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Guest user access
As a guest user anyone can access all abstracts and citations on ScienceDirect for free and sign up for alerts.

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Emergency resource centres
Elsevier creates dedicated resource centres which provide free access to curated, relevant research. This way, researchers, governments and institutions affected by disasters or special situations such as Brexit or the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 can access essential content and continue their work.

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Featured articles and special issues
Elsevier regularly promotes articles such as our top downloaded or most cited articles to researchers through promotional campaigns and special issues. Articles included in these campaigns are free for everyone to access for a limited period.