Open access options

Making your research open access

There are a number of ways you can make your research open access when submitting and publishing in Elsevier journals outlined below. In addition to this we have a number of agreements with funding bodies and institutions to help authors comply with open access policies. Read more

What are my open access options?

Open access publishing

(gold open access)

Sharing your subscription article

(green open access)

Options Open access journals Journals which support open access
  • Link to your article.
  • Selected journals feature open archives 
  • Self-archive a version of your article
  • Public access is to the final published article
  • Access is immediate
  • Free access to a version of your article
  • Time delay may apply (embargo period)

    The embargo period is journal specific and typically ranges from 12- 24 months. The embargo period begins from the final date of publication.

  • Open access fee is paid by the author, or on their behalf

    for example by their institution or funding body.

  • Fees range between $500 and $5,000 US Dollars depending on the journal.
  • No fee is payable by the author as costs are covered by library subscriptions.
  • Authors can choose between a commercial and noncommercial user license.

This is a specific license, such as a Creative Commons license, which is applied to your article and determines how readers can use, download and share your article.

open access journals1600+ journals which support open accessLearn about green open access

Why publish open access with Elsevier?

Elsevier open access authors benefit from:

  • Quality, established and reputable journals indexed by Scopus and supporting ORCID and Crossref to help maintain your publication record.
  • Reaching key audiences' with 10 million active users per month using our publishing platform ScienceDirect.
  • Tailored open access publication options so authors can decide how best to publish open access.

Download Elsevier's guide to publishing open access (PDF)

Publishing open access with Elsevier guide