Select the publishing model that is right for you
Open access options
Whatever your discipline or funding requirements, our goal is to make it easy for you to find the right open access home for your research — and we provide a range of publishing options to help you choose the model that works best for you and your research.
You can choose to publish open access in over 97% of our journals
Nearly all of Elsevier's 2,700 journals now enable open access publishing, including over 600 journals which are fully open access journals
Choose from more than 600 gold open access journals — we’re adding more every month
Our Online Author Communication System guarantees a seamless publishing experience with the assurance that you’ll be shown the lowest possible article publishing charge (APC) for your article
There is a range of subsidized gold OA titles, where the article publishing charge is paid by an organization or society
Choosing an open access journal is simple: with more than 600 gold open access journals, Elsevier has a broad choice of titles, including journals publishing dedicated data, software, hardware and methods articles, alternative article formats (such as videos), and specialty and broad scope journals. If there’s a particular journal that isn’t fully open access, you still have options! Nearly all of Elsevier's 2,700 journals now enable open access publishing, including 600 journals which are fully open access journals.
In the gold open access model, you pay an article publishing charge (APC), making your article immediately, permanently and freely available for anyone to access, read and build on.
In many cases, your institution or research funder will pay the APC on your behalf.
If you choose to publish a subscription article, we can still help you meet your grant’s open access requirements. All our journals offer a green open access option, meaning you can post a version of your article in a repository after an embargo, so people can access it freely. See our sharing policy for more information.
When you’re ready to publish your open access article, you will need to choose a Creative Commons license from a selection. The license you choose determines how other people can use and build on your work. For more information, see our licenses page.
Funding body and institutional agreements
Funding bodies and institutions around the world increasingly require researchers to publish open access in some form, so that everyone can see the work they’re supporting. If your funder or institution requires you to publish gold open access, you’ll find the options and support you need with Elsevier. With over 76 open access agreements and funding arrangements worldwide — including Wellcome Trust, European Research Council and the National Institutes of Health — Elsevier helps to ensure that authors publishing in our journals are in full compliance with open access policies and specific funding requirements.
Our agreements around the world mean that your institution or research funder may pay the article publishing charge (APC) on your behalf or you may receive a discount to publish your article.
Please see a full list of Elsevier’s funding body and institutional agreements.
Our goal is to effectively bridge the digital research divide and ensure that publishing in open access journals is accessible for authors in developing countries.
We grant waivers in cases of genuine need, therefore, we automatically apply article publishing charge (APC) waivers or discounts to those articles in gold open access journals for which all author groups are based in a country eligible for the Research4Life program(opens in new tab/window).
If an author group from a non-Research4life country cannot afford the APC to publish an article in a gold open access journal, and they can demonstrate they have had no research funding, we will consider individual waiver requests on a case-by-case basis.
Our waiving policy does not apply to hybrid journals. Authors publishing in hybrid journals can publish under the subscription model at no cost and make use of the Elsevier sharing policy.
All authors who are eligible for a Research4Life Article Publishing Charge (APC) waiver or 50% discount will automatically see information after acceptance of their article in the rights and access forms, informing them about the APC waiver or discount depending on their eligibility criteria(opens in new tab/window).
All gold open access journals published by Elsevier are included in the Research4Life open access eligibility program.
How to check if you are eligible for a Research4Life APC waiver or discount?
The waiver or discount will depend on the location of the authors institution:
100% APC waiver: The corresponding author and co-authors must be all from a Group A country(opens in new tab/window) institution Example: Corresponding author from Afghanistan institution and all co-authors from Congo, Nepal and Zambia institutions (all Group A countries)
50% APC discount: The corresponding author and co-authors must be all from a Group B country(opens in new tab/window) institution Example: Corresponding author from Albania institution and all co-authors from Algeria, Botswana and Vietnam institutions (all Group B countries(opens in new tab/window))
50% APC discount: A mix of authors from Group A and B countries Example: Corresponding author from Afghanistan institution and all co-authors from Albania, Congo, Nepal and Botswana institutions (mix of Group A and B countries)
No Research4Life waiver or discount: A mix of authors from non-Research4Life countries and Group A or/and B countries Example: Corresponding author from Afghanistan institution (Group A) and co-authors from Albania, (Group B) and United States institutions (non-Research4Life country)
How do you request a Research4Life APC waiver or discount?
Authors who are eligible for a Research4Life APC waiver or discount as per above, do not have to request the waiver or discount prior to their article submission. The Research4Life waiver and discount has been automated in the author journey.
The online author communication system (OACS) recognizes the country of the corresponding and co-author’s organizations and is, therefore, able to present the Research4Life waiver or discount to the corresponding author. This happens after acceptance of the article when the author completes the rights and access forms when publishing in a gold open access journal.