Access for healthcare professionals and patients

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, a web-based service offered by the Royal National Institute of Blind People UK.

Emergency Access Initiative
We work in partnership with the US National Library of Medicine on the Emergency Access Initiative to provide temporary, free access to full text articles to healthcare professionals, librarians and members of the public affected by disasters. Access was triggered for the Haiti 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic, flooding in Pakistan (2010), both the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami in Japan (2011), Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and the Ebola crisis (2014).

Open content
As a guest user, anyone can access free content via 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 which are free for everybody to access.

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. The former contains a collection of continually updated resources from Elsevier's content and experts, including The Lancet and world-renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Raphael Dolin.

Patient access
Patients, care-givers and their representatives in need of specific medical information can request papers by email at