Share Links

What are share links?

The majority of Elsevier journals offer share links. This is a customised link which authors receive for their newly published article on ScienceDirect. The link provides 50 days’ free access to their article – after that, the usual access rules apply. Anyone clicking on the share link within the 50-day period will be taken directly to the article with no sign-up or registration required. Share links are ideal for sharing articles via email and social media.

How it works

You can find out in the Guide for Authors if the journal of your choice offers share links. You will automatically receive the share link at the final citable publication stage of your article via email. If several authors are listed, the named corresponding author will receive the share link, which can then be shared with co-authors. After 50 days the share link will still work but automatically revert to a link to your full text article. If you have published your article as open access then you will be sent your article DOI link, which you can use to share via email or on social networks.

You can track the progress of your article in the publication system with our online tracking system.

Promote your article with Share Links

Now that your article is published, you can give your share link to friends, family, colleagues and your wider network to share your research. By sharing your article, you can make a bigger impact with your research.

  • Sharing the link via social media accounts and email helps you to generate interest in your article
  • Sharing your article makes it more visible, potentially increasing downloads and citations

Share links can be shared with anyone through any communications channel. For instance:

  • Share Links can be shared via email.
  • You can post the share link on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
  • You can post the share link on your personal website and academic networking sites such as Mendeley.
  • Include your share link in press releases or share it with the media for coverage on your research findings.
  • Share links are tracked by Altmetrics and usage of your article is reported in Mendeley Stats! Mendeley Stats offers publication statistics to published authors. If you have authored an article and this is recognised in Scopus, Mendeley can provide you with these statistics.

Find out more about sharing and promoting your article