Industry Standards

Elsevier is a leader in initiatives that drive the way information is reviewed, validated, archived and disseminated. Our many partnerships help to foster communication, build insights and enable individual and collective advancement in scientific research and healthcare.



Establishing Suggested Practices Regarding Single Sign On (ESPReSSO) Enables users to use their institutional credentials to login across multiple platforms and products.

Shibboleth/ SAML

Shibboleth is an implementation of SAML (Secure Assertion Mark-up Language) which allows secure authentication enabling users to log in using their institutional credentials. For customers, we support OpenAthens and SAML-based single log-on.



WCAG 2. 0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) Elsevier supports the international accessibility standard which ensures our websites are usable by people with a wide range of disabilities.

Section 508

Section 508 ensures any IT purchased or used by the US federal government or federally funded institutions is usable by people with disabilities

Linking and integration

MARC Records

MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloguing). Provides the mechanism by which computers exchange, use and interpret bibliographic information. Its data elements make up the foundation of most library catalogues used today.


The OpenURL Framework standard is a protocol that allows context-sensitive metadata exchange.


A publisher-driven initiative, CrossRef is a free reference-linking service that provides seamless integration of current and archived content across publishers. Elsevier is a founding partner.


Open URL standards address the growing demand for bi-directional interaction between linking systems.


OAI-PMH stands for the Open Archives Initiative – Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. Standard protocol for institutional repositories to communicate updates to the repository to the outside world.


An easy and universal linking mechanism between scholarly publications and research data

Holdings and usage


COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) Code of Practice facilitates a single, accepted, extendable Code of Practice to measure the usage of online information products and services. Elsevier is a founding member of COUNTER.


Knowledge Base and Related Tools (KBART) is a recommended best practice for publishers to format and distribute title lists and holdings reports in a way that is consistent, accurate and easy for updating library knowledge bases.


Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) is a mandatory protocol for the automated exchange of COUNTER usage reports in XML format between publishers and their customers.

Community-specific standards

Stix Fonts

STIX (Scientific and Technical Information Exchange) Font Creation Project. A comprehensive set of royalty-free fonts for mathematics and other special characters used in scientific, technical and medical publishing.

Information preservation

Digital archives

Working with Yale University Library and the Dutch National Library, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Elsevier has adopted the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) standards for preservation and established an official, permanently accessible, digital archive for Elsevier journals.