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Penn Libraries Open Access Agreements for Penn Authors: Elsevier Retroactive

Retroactive Open Access Agreement

What is the agreement? 

  • Unlike the other agreements on this guide, The Elsevier agreement affects previously published articles by Penn authors--dates of coverage span 1989-2000. More detail in the final bullet point. 
  • The Penn Libraries have partnered with other NERL libraries to establish a three year pilot through which authors who have published with many Elsevier journals and who were affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania at the time of publication will retroactively have their articles made open access.
  • For each year of the agreement, Elsevier will convert eligible publications from paywalled to open acces.
  • By the end of the pilot, 15 years of published work, constituting tens of thousands of articles authored by leading researchers, will be newly available to everyone, worldwide, at no cost and regardless of institutional affiliation.  
  • The pilot includes all Elsevier owned journals. 
  • Eligible articles are those in which the corresponding author is (or was at the time) affiliated with Penn*
  • Eligible articles will be opened each year following a timetable of 1 year forward and 4 years back: 
    • Year 1 (2022): 1998 and 1994-1997 (inclusive) by April 1, 2022 
    • Year 2 (2023): 1999 and 1990-1993 (inclusive) by January 1, 2023 
    • Year 3 (2024): 2000 and 1986-1989 (inclusive) by January 1, 2024

For more information visit our Elsevier FAQ

*Or another Institution connected with the NERL negotiated agreement including: 

  • 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.
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