Digital archives

Elsevier is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research by partnering with a number of independent dark archives as well as maintaining local state-of-the-art facilities to store a complete, accurate digital version of ScienceDirect. We have taken steps to ensure that these files will not disappear or become inaccessible to the research community.

Our content is archived in the following ways:

CLOCKKSS Logo Elsevier archives journal and e-book content in CLOCKSS. CLOCKSS is a not-for-profit joint venture between academic publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive.  Content no longer available from any publisher is triggered and made available open access.
Dutch national library Since 2002, Elsevier has deposited all ScienceDirect Elsevier journals and book series content to digital dark archive "e-Depot" managed by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands). This archive is available for onsite access and content can be made accessible on our request to the public worldwide, on a remote basis should we (or any successor) no longer be able to provide access (temporarily (emergency host access), or permanently.
Portico Logo Elsevier archives all ScienceDirect Elsevier journals and the eBook Collection in the independent dark archive of Portico, a dark archive governed by Trustees representing members of the academic community including university presidents, librarians, publishers, and researchers. Triggered content can be made available to participating libraries if access is no longer available by the publisher. In addition, Elsevier enables Portico to offer post-termination access in the event a library ceases to be a ScienceDirect subscriber.

Elsevier partners with its sister service, LexisNexis, to maintain our own digital archive of all published content.  The data centers in which this archive are housed contain one of the most complete and comprehensive collections of information in the world with the commitment to maintain the digital files in perpetuity, converting them as appropriate if the technology used for storage or access changes. The current format standards are XML and .pdf; with most files being retained in both formats.

About the archives: We seek to include journals which we publish on behalf of third party and society members in our digital archive programs, however cannot guarantee the permanent availability of journals owned by others. Specially:

  • For journals we no longer publish or cease to have electronic rights for, we will use reasonable efforts to ensure that either the volumes published remain available through the ScienceDirect or that the owner makes them available on the same access terms via a new host and that the journal archive remains in the designated independent third party archives.
  • For journals which have been sold or otherwise transferred to another publisher, we will use reasonable efforts to retain a non-exclusive copy of the digital archive for that title and make it available through ScienceDirect to existing subscribers. The title will also be retained in third party archives.
  • For journals which have stopped publication, the digital archive will be maintained at Elsevier and be made available through ScienceDirect. Again, it would also remain in the third party archives.