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Privacy matters

At Elsevier, we recognize that the proper handling of personal data is very important.  We also know that usage data can be leveraged to deliver tremendous value to our users.

For example, when you read an article on ScienceDirect or Mendeley, the system suggests related articles that you may find worthwhile by comparing your usage activity with anonymized and aggregated activity of other users. This feature saves you valuable time and provides you with additional insights in your research without personally identifying any users in the process.

Safeguarding your privacy and enhancing your productivity are our priorities, and we endeavor to follow our five guiding principles:

  1. Value: Collect and use personal information to facilitate efficiency and productivity in research, healthcare and education.
  2. Transparency: Inform users about the personal information we collect and how and why we use and share it.
  3. Choice: Give users choice over the collection, use and sharing of their personal information.
  4. Anonymization: Anonymize and aggregate personal information where individual identification is not necessary.
  5. Accountability: Act as a responsible steward of personal information.

Read more about our approach in the Elsevier Connect article respecting data privacy.

Privacy principles

Sets forth our five guiding privacy principles.

Read our privacy principles
Read about Elsevier and GDPR

Privacy policy

Explains how and why we collect, use and share your personal information on and other services.

Read the Elsevier privacy policy
Read the Mendeley privacy policy