Journal Embargo Finder
Find the embargo period for a particular Elsevier journal, or search by embargo period.
How to use the Journal Embargo Finder
Our embargo finder provides information on our journal-specific embargo periods that apply globally to the sharing of accepted manuscripts. Exceptions may apply for authors located in the UK and US. In some case, especially for newly launched journals, no embargo period will be shown. Please contact us directly for more information. Please note for subscription journals that have become open access, an embargo period may still apply to any previously published subscription articles.Read more about exceptions
Elsevier has special arrangements in place with funders in the UK and the US to support national open access policy compliance. Authors from these countries will need to check our agreements pages for further information about applicable embargo periods.
- Find an overview of embargo periods applicable for UK research funded here.
- Find more information about applicable embargo periods for US funded researchers here
- Read more about our agreements
- In cases of co-authorship, the shortest embargo period that applies to the article can be used by all authors. For example, where a paper is co-authored with researchers from the UK, the UK respective embargo period will apply for all authors.
Frequently asked questions
It is when a time delay is applied to an article before it can either be officially published or made publicly available. Our journal embargo finder only lists the embargo periods which apply for self-archiving. These differ from other embargo periods such as press embargo or an embargo period which applies to our open archive content.
For subscription articles, an appropriate amount of time is needed for journals to deliver value to subscribing customers before versions of articles become freely available.
Elsevier’s embargo periods vary per journal and reflect differing usage patterns within journals. In some cases, for example for a newly launched journal, an embargo period may not be shown in the journal embargo period finder tool. Please contact us for further advice.
Elsevier’s regularly reviews our embargo periods which can change from time to time. We recommended authors check their journal's embargo period before self-archiving and also our funding body agreements to see if exceptions apply.
Authors are able to share versions of their article throughout the publication process in line with our sharing guidelines. Once an embargo period has expired, authors are able to take advantage of some wider sharing options such as publicly posting their accepted manuscript on their institution’s repository. Find out how you can share and promote your research