Multidisciplinary open access journal Heliyon now accepting submissions

Reviews will be carried out by the 500+ members of the Editorial Board who have been drawn from all fields and disciplines

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In a previous Reviewers’ Update article, we introduced you to Heliyon – Elsevier’s new open access journal which will publish sound research across all disciplines. Now Heliyon is officially accepting submissions and authors are invited to send in their manuscripts. We expect the first papers to be published later this year.

We have also launched, a website containing everything from author guidelines to our open access policies and Editorial Board members. The website is also the entry portal to the EVISE® submission system (the successor to our current Elsevier Editorial System – EES).

You might wonder what sets Heliyon apart from other open access journals with broad scopes. Authors who publish their content in Heliyon can expect the following:

Heliyon – the facts

  • Once an article is accepted, Heliyon aims to publish it online within 72 hours
  • The article publishing charge is $1,250, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable
  • Authors can choose between two Creative Commons licenses: CC-BY and CC-BY-NC-ND
  • A new, simple interface for the submission system will be launched later this year
  • Lessons learnt could potentially be rolled out to other journals
  • Heliyon is not currently recruiting reviewers  - reviews will be carried out by the Editorial Board

Fast publication

The author experience starts with the submission process. Our developers are currently working on a new, simple interface for the submission system that will be launched later this year.  Our efficient editors, who specialize in a broad range of fields, will then match each manuscript to the right expert reviewers, and will work to get a decision quickly. Once an article is accepted, Heliyon aims to publish it online within 72 hours.

Open access

Heliyon is a fully open access journal. As such, readers will have immediate and permanent access to all articles. Authors will be able to choose between two Creative Commons licenses – CC-BY and CC-BY-NC-ND – so they can pick the one best suited to their specific needs. For more information on the licenses, our article publishing charge ($1,250, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable), and other open access information, visit


Even though Heliyon will publish content across all research fields, papers will not get lost in the vastness of the journal’s scope. The Heliyon team wants to help authors make the biggest splash possible. With access to Elsevier’s cutting-edge technologies and popular platforms like Mendeley and ScienceDirect, Heliyon will ensure papers are targeted to the relevant readers and can easily be found by anyone interested in the research.

The opportunity to shape Heliyon’s future

One of Heliyon’s main goals is to experiment and innovate in areas such as content display, peer-review processes, and author services. Lessons learnt through this testing will then be evaluated for potential roll out to other Elsevier journals. Upon announcing the journal earlier this year, we invited the research community to collaborate with us on these developments. As the journal continues to develop in the upcoming months, we will be asking researchers for their feedback on new features and platforms..

If you have any ideas about how to improve the publication process, please email us at

Expert feedback on their papers

The journal’s broad scope means that it is important to ensure Editorial Board members are drawn from all disciplines. With Editorial Assistants Marion Thibaudeau and Chris Russell, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Claudia Lupp has worked on recruiting more than 500 experts who will oversee the review process for content relevant to their specialty - the journal currently has no plans to actively recruit reviewers.

Dr. Lupp and her team have also brought on board over a dozen Editorial Advisors, who will provide essential guidance to the journal in their respective areas of expertise and will assist in the journal’s development. To learn more about Heliyon’s editorial team visit the Editorial Page on our website.


Author biography

Mary Beth O'LearyMary Beth O’Leary is Marketing and Publicity Manager for Heliyon, based in London. Prior to moving to London, she lived in Boston where she joined Elsevier in August 2009. For over five years she worked for Cell Press in various roles across editorial, marketing, and public relations. Most recently she acted as Media Relations Manager for Cell Press’ 30 titles. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, she studied literature and art history.

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