Open access

Elsevier supports both gold and green open access. To discover more about our approach to open access explore the links below.

What are my open access options?


Gold open access

Green open access

(Sharing your subscription article)

  • Publish in an open access journal
  • or in a journal which supports open access (hybrid)
  • Link to your article.
  • Select a journal that features an open archive (in English)
  • Select a journal that participates in CHORUS
  • Self-archive a version of your article
  • Public access is to the final published article
  • Access is immediate
  • Free access to a version of your article
  • Time delay may apply (embargo period)
  • Open access fee is paid by the author, or on their behalf for example by their institution or funding body.
  • Fees range between c$150 and c$6,000 US dollars excluding tax, depending on the journal with prices clearly displayed on our Article Publishing Charge (APC) price list and on journal homepages.
  • No fee is payable by the author as publishing costs are covered by library subscriptions.
  • Authors can choose between a commercial and non-commercial user licence.

This is a specific licence, such as a Creative Commons licence, which is applied to your article and determines how readers can use, download and share your article.

  • Accepted manuscripts  should attach a CC-BY-NC-ND user licence
  • Authors retain the right to reuse their articles for a wide range of purposes

Read more about gold open access

Read more about green open access

Open access journals

Find an overview of all open access journals published by Elsevier.

View the list of gold open access journals

Open archive

Elsevier provides free access to archived material in selected Elsevier journals.

View the list of Elsevier open archive journals

Journal embargo finder

Search tool to find the embargo period for your Elsevier journal.

Find journal embargo periods


Elsevier works with institutions and funding bodies around the world to help authors publishing in our journals comply with open access policies.

Find an overview of all agreements


Elsevier is a founding member and supports the CHORUS service, providing a low-cost compliance service for open access.

Read more about supported partners

Spotlight on open access

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Here we shine a light on the 5 things you may not have known about Elsevier and open access (OA).

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Spotlight on open access