Open Access Publishing in Elsevier Journals

Note that negotiations in 2021 are still ongoing. The instructions will be updated when the negotiations are completed.

Open access publishing 2018-2020

FinELib consortium’s agreement with Elsevier offers the researchers an opportunity to publish their articles open access with a discount in Elsevier journals.

The discount is 50 % of the journal’s APC-list price (APC = article processing charge).

Discount is available when these conditions are met:

  • Corresponding author of the article is affiliated to one of the 35 organizations that are parties to the agreement.

  • The article is accepted to one of the journals listed here (xlsx). The list includes over 1500 Elsevier owned  hybrid-journals and over 200 Full OA-journals.

  • Regarding new journals added to the list: to be eligible for the discount it is required that the article was submitted after the journal was added to the list. The date on the start date-column on the list (link above) tells when the journal has been added to the list.

  • The article types eligible are journal articles with scientific (peer reviewed) content: full length articles, review articles, short communications, case reports, short surveys, micro articles, videos, software articles, data articles, practice guidelines, protocol articles and replication studies.

  • Article must have a submission date between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020.

Elsevier’s APC prices are defined per journal. The prices are displayed on APC price list (pdf) and also visible on journal homepages.

Please remember to ensure that you have the funding for the discounted APC payment.

Instructions to the corresponding author

The instructions below describe the general process. Please note that your organization may have a defined process e.g. for invoicing. We recommend that you contact your library/information service when planning to publish an article open access in Elsevier journals.

  • When the article, in which you are the corresponding author, is accepted, you will get an e-mail from Elsevier asking you to fill in the Rights and access form.

  • When you want your article to be published open access, please remember to ensure that you have the funding for the discounted APC payment. Please contact your library/information service for more information.

Filling in the Elsevier Rights and access form:

  1. Corresponding Author's organization: Start typing the name or your organisation and select the correct one from the list offered by the system. If you do not find your organisation's name, please contact your library/information service for more information.

  2. If relevant in the case of your article, fill in the Add Co-author Details and Funder Details.

  3. If your article is going to be published in a hybrid (not full OA) journal, the system offers you two publishing options:

    1. Gold Open Access (article will be open access to everybody) and
    2. Subscription (only journal's subscribers will have access to the article)
  4. Select your user licence. You have the choice between two different CC-licenses. In both options your own reuse rights regarding the article are defined by the CC-license terms. The options are:

    • CC BY 4.0 (ByAttribution)
      Creative Commons describes the license like this:
      This license lets others copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works and remixes based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits (attribution) in the manner specified by these.

    • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (ByAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivates)
      Creative Commons describes the license like this:
      Allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

      Please note that if you choose more restrictive CC BY-NC-ND license, the rights to commercial use and modifications (derivatives) stay with Elsevier.

  5. Complete the form.

See also: Elsevier Rights & Access form screenshots (pdf) (updated 22.5.2018)

After Elsevier publishes the article open access.

  • Librarian at your organization will receive the request to validate the eligibility of the author.

  • Upon approval from the Librarian, Elsevier sends the invoice with the discount to the organization in the author’s name.

If you need further information or help with OA publishing process, please do not hesitate to contact your library/information service.