Elsevier-South Korean Government-Funded Research Institutions agreement

Elsevier has entered into a pilot agreement with the South Korean Government-Funded Research Institutions (GRIs) to enable continued reading access for researchers and to enable open access publishing. This agreement with the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST) enables corresponding authors affiliated with GRIs to publish their research open access in Elsevier journals without having to pay an APC.

Supporting authors in South Korea

This agreement supports corresponding authors affiliated with a South Korean Government-Funded Research Institution (GRI), regardless of the department in which they work.

Authors who publish under this agreement can:

  • Publish their peer-reviewed research open access, at no charge to the author.
  • Publish eligible articles in a wide variety of participating Elsevier journals across disciplines.
  • Rely on high-quality peer-review and experienced editorial support.

Find a participating journal

Eligibility criteria

Instructions for corresponding authors

  • Once your article has been accepted for publication in a participating journal, you will receive an email containing a link to the “post-acceptance author journey”. Upon selecting the open access publishing option, your affiliation will be validated by your institution, and you will be informed if the APC will be covered by the agreement.
  • Upon publication, your final published open access article will be made freely available on ScienceDirect, the world’s largest publishing platform, under your choice of open access license (CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND).

Other open access options for authors

GRI authors can continue to choose to publish under the subscription model and self-archive their manuscript (Green open access) in line with Elsevier’s sharing policy.


See further information on NST’s site in Korean.

[1] Acceptance date is the date the journal has accepted the article for publication.