Open access

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

Publishing open access

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Our open access options

Gold open access

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  • The final version of the published journal article is made freely available, immediately, to everyone
  • Authors can choose between a commercial and non-commercial Creative Commons user license


  • The publishing costs are covered by the author or by their institution/funding body/society on their behalf, typically in the form of an Article Publishing Charge (APC) or other types of fees. Authors can check with their institution whether funding for their APCs is available.

Elsevier’s APCs 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. To know more about how and why we price articles differently, please visit our pricing page.

What is gold open access?

It is when published research is free for everyone to read and use.

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Green open access

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    If an article was published under the subscription model, it can be shared in the following ways:

  • By linking to the article
  • By self-archiving a version of the article in line with our sharing policy



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  • No fee is payable by the author as publishing costs are covered by subscriptions

If published in a journal that participates in CHORUS, the accepted manuscript will be made available via the program.

If published in a journal that features an open archive, the article will be made available after an embargo.

What is green open access?

It is a version of a subscription article which is also free for everyone to access.

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Did you know?

We fully support open access! 
Here are 10 ways in which we do that.

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Open access journals

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

View the list of gold open access journals

Open access books

Find out about our open access book publishing options.

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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 provide a low cost compliance service for open access.

Read more about supported partners