Open access
Open Access
Elsevier is moving fast to meet the different demands for Open Access
Open access is an integral part of our commitment to a collaborative, inclusive and transparent world of research where authors, researchers and academic institutions can share knowledge and build on each other's work to advance outcomes.
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Publishing open access with Elsevier
Elsevier's open access agreements
Elsevier's open access policies
We offer a wide range of open access options to fit the diverse needs of institutions, funders, academic societies and researchers around the world. We listen to our customers and collaborate with them to achieve their research goals. We do so without ever compromising on the things they trust us for: quality, rigorous peer review and research integrity.
By testing and learning from our open access pilot agreements with institutions around the world, we continue to evolve the open access options we offer.
Fundamentally our mission — to help researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society — means we will always support researchers accessing the knowledge they need, regardless of the model under which it was published.
Fast facts on open access
Our fast-growing open access offer
We want to ensure that researchers have as many open access publishing options as they do subscription, reflecting our belief in author choice.
As one of the fastest-growing open access publishers in the world, nearly all of Elsevier's 2,650 journals now enable open access publishing, including 500 fully open access journals.
We commit to the transformative journal criteria. We are piloting transformative journal status for more than 160 journals from across our portfolio. You can see the full list of transformative journals and targets and visit the relevant individual journal home pages for more information.
In 2020 Elsevier published 81,000 gold or pay-to-publish OA articles an increase of 65% over 2019, making us one of the largest open access publishers in the world.
We support authors by providing them with advice on how they can comply with funding body open access policies.
Finding the right solutions for our authors, librarians and institutions
As of January 2021, we have signed more transformative agreements that have large open access components than any other publisher. These include test-and-learn agreements in the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Hungary, France, Sweden, Ireland, Qatar and Switzerland and individual institutions including the University of CaliforniaUniversity of Florida, Carnegie Mellon University and California State University.
As these agreements come into practice, we are learning more about the best way to offer open access, enabling us to better respond to our customers’ needs.
Beyond OA: Other free access initiatives from Elsevier
We offer free access to relevant research for health emergencies, including the Covid-19 pandemic.
Patients and caregivers are provided with research papers related to medicine and healthcare upon request to help them better understand the latest research on their conditions.
We ensure everyone can access a collection of the work from each year’s Nobel Prize winners.
We open the archives for 140 journals, including Cell Press research journals, after 12 months.
Through Research4Life, institutions in 120 low- and middle-income countries receive affordable access to nearly 100,400 peer reviewed resources. As a founding member, Elsevier provides over a quarter of that content, as well as access to the abstract and citation database Scopus and training for librarians.
We automatically apply waivers or discounts to articles in fully gold OA journals for which all authors are based in a low-income country.
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Open access journals
Find an overview of all open access journals published by Elsevier.
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Open access books
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Open Archive
Elsevier provides free access to archived material in selected Elsevier journals.
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Open science
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Elsevier is a founding member and supports the CHORUS service, providing a low-cost compliance service for open access.
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