Access for healthcare professionals & patients

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Patient access
Patients and caregivers can make requests for individual papers related to medicine and healthcare at no cost. These papers can be requested by e-mailing We aim to provide the requested articles within 24 hours. Please include the article title and author(s), date published, and/or the URL if available. This will ensure that our team can locate the requested content as quickly as possible.

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Emergency Access Initiative
We partner 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 most recently for the Ebola crisis (2014), the Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria (2017) and the earthquakes in Mexico (2017).

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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.

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Emergency resource centers
For specific emergencies, Elsevier creates dedicated emergency resource centers which provide free access to curated, relevant research. Recent examples include our resource centers on Brexit and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We also gave full access to the Elsevier content on our COVID-19 Information Center for PubMed Central and other public health databases to accelerate fight against the coronavirus.

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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.