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Enabling open access to knowledge

Advancing open access to serve researchers, science and society.

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Open access at Elsevier

Open access is a key part of our commitment to a collaborative, inclusive, and transparent world of research where quality knowledge can be shared and built upon to advance outcomes.

As a global leader in open access, we offer a wide range of options to fit the diverse needs of researchers, institutions, academic societies and funders around the world. We listen to our customers and collaborate with them to achieve their research goals and we do so without compromising on the things they trust us for: quality, rigorous peer review and research integrity.

Enabling open access

As one of the fastest-growing open access publishers in the world, nearly all of Elsevier's 2,800 journals now enable open access publishing, with more than 150k Gold open access articles published in 2022 and more than 760 fully open access journals across our portfolio.

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Partnering on solutions for our authors, librarians and institutions

We serve over 2,000 institutions worldwide with open access services through our transformational agreements.

We commit to the transformative journal criteria. We are piloting transformative journal(opens in new tab/window) status for more than 160 journals from across our portfolio. You can see the full list(opens in new tab/window) of transformative journals and targets and visit the relevant individual journal home pages for more information.

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Supporting authors around the world

We support authors by providing them with advice on how they can comply with funding body open access policies, automatically apply waivers, or discounts to articles in fully gold OA journals for authors based in a low-income country. On equity in payment models, we recognize that clearer pricing policies for middle-income countries are needed, and we are committed to driving this.

Last year we waived APC fees for 50% of all Global South pages we published and provided discounts to another 25%.

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Open Access Week on Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy provides free access to countless e-learning resources designed to support researchers on every step of their research journey. For Open Access week 2023, Research Academy examines the many definitions of open science and how researchers can use it in their own research and publishing career. Modules also explore open access and whether there are any specific points to consider when choosing to go down that publishing path.

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Open Science 

Open access is just one element of the way we partner with you to drive open science. Together we can create a more inclusive, collaborative and transparent world of research.

Unlocking the potential of data

We're working to help researchers and institutions store, share, discover and effectively reuse data. Effective data sharing can improve the impact, validity, reproducibility, efficiency and transparency of scientific research.

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Enabling research integrity

We are committed to promoting the integrity of research through a range of activities and initiatives from free author training on publication ethics and providing transparency in author contributor roles

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Free access initiatives

From researchers and students using content published in our books and journals on a daily basis to a patient who needs critical information about their treatment, Elsevier has a range of access options to ensure that everyone can access the important information they need.

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