The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has joined other members of the NERL consortium in an innovative open access agreement with Elsevier, the largest academic publisher in the world. As part of this three-year pilot, authors who have published in Elsevier journals and who were affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania at the time of publication will retroactively have their articles made open access.
Looking for more information as a corresponding author affected by this pilot? Have questions about the articles and publications included as part of this agreement? Learn more in our FAQ below.
Elsevier will open to the public 5 years of published eligible journal articles in Elsevier-owned journals that have corresponding authors from participating NERL institutions each year of the agreement. In the first year of the agreement, Elsevier will open one year of content moving forward in time and four back, starting with 1998.
“Eligible Articles” are published journal articles of corresponding authors affiliated with institutions choosing to participate in the pilot. Please note that eligibility is based on the corresponding author’s affiliation at the time of publication.
“Published Journal Article” refers to the definitive final record of published research that appears in a journal.
The pilot includes all journals hosted on ScienceDirect.
Eligible articles will be opened each year following a timetable of 1 year forward and 4 years back:
Yes, authors can choose not to open their articles. Those requests should be directed to Lana Wear (email@example.com), Senior Customer Success & Growth Leader at Elsevier.
Most simply put: non-commercial reuse.
More specifically: any user will be able to access, download, copy, translate, text and data mine opened articles for non-commercial research purposes in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons “BY-NC-ND" license (“Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives”).
Thirteen NERL institutions are participating: Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Syracuse University, University of Miami, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, and Yale University.