Green open access
Articles published under the subscription business model can also be made available open access, and this is often referred to as the green road to open access. Elsevier has a number of ways authors can follow the green road as described below.
Authors are able to self-archive their articles, following some simple guidelines.
In this approach to green open access:
- The author will need to save the correct version of the article and post this to a repository.
- The research institution will need to have repository software and staff who can ensure the correct version is made available in the right way at the right time, with appropriate license, links and metadata.
- For subscription articles there is no open access fee for authors because publication costs are paid for by library subscriptions.
For authors who wish to share their full text:
- See our sharing guidelines for details about how this can be done.
- In most cases, sharing your accepted manuscript publicly is done after an embargo period. Our embargo periods vary between publications, so always check the journal homepage.
- For further details on how authors can promote and share their articles see our journal authors home.
Compliance with open access policies
For authors wishing to comply with open access policies from their funder or research institution, we have established a number of agreements which cover both green and gold open access. These agreements have helped established workflows and guidelines designed to make compliance easier and we recommend authors check these guidelines when deciding how to enable open access. Read more
Open Archives - Access to archived research
Elsevier provides free access to archived material for subscribers and the general public in 98 Elsevier journals. This includes all Cell Press articles after 12 months via the Cell Press website. The embargo period begins from the publication date of the issue the article appears in and is determined by the characteristics of the journal including subject area, usage patterns and frequency of publication.
Open archive journal directory: A-Z