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7 tips for finding open access content on ScienceDirect and Scopus

Oct 24, 2017

Stem Cell Research journal page on ScienceDirect

Librarians are working with their user communities to inform them about open access issues and initiatives, including how to publish open access and locate open access content. Researchers can now publish open access in more than 2,000 Elsevier journals and easily find open access content on ScienceDirect and open access titles on Scopus. Share these tips with your researchers so they can leverage opportunities with Elsevier to publish open access and discover the growing body of open access content.  

 

 

1. Find a list of open access journals on ScienceDirect.

 

From the ScienceDirect homepage, click on Journals in the top menu. Filter the All access types dropdown list by selecting Open Access Journals for fully gold publications (all articles published in these journals are open access). Bookmark this page for easy reference.

 

 

2. Find a list of all journals that contain open access content on ScienceDirect.

 

From the All access types dropdown list, select Contains Open Access. This will display all journals that contain open access content (1,850 Elsevier journals provide an option to publish traditionally or with an article publishing charge to make the article open access).

 

You can then filter further by subject via the left-hand menu.

 

ScienceDirect screenshot - finding OA content

 

 

3. Search for open access articles on ScienceDirect.

 

Enter your keywords into the search box on ScienceDirect. Filter the list of articles returned by Access type in the left-hand menu. Select Open access to display only open access articles from among your results.

 

Search for open access articles on ScienceDirect.

 

You can also use the Advanced search option and filter by Open Access articles.

 

Use the Advanced search option on ScienceDirect and filter by Open Access articles

 

 

4. Find out if the article you are reading is open access.

 

If you are reading an article on ScienceDirect there are two places check whether the article is open access:  look for the orange label open access located under the article's title and author information.

 

On ScienceDirect, look for the orange label Open Access located under the article's title and author information

 

Look for the orange Open Access text in the masthead. This indicates that the journal is fully open access. To find out how to reuse an open access article, look at the end user license which is always shown for open access articles with a hyperlink to a description of the license.

 

Look for the orange open access text in the journal masthead on ScienceDirect

 

 

5. Find open access articles in a particular journal on ScienceDirect.

 

A fully open access journal has an Open Access label beneath the journal title. Click on this label to reveal more information about the articles within the journal.

 

Find open access articles in a particular journal on ScienceDirect

 

Identify journals that publish articles both under a subscription model (no article publishing charges) and gold open access (with article publishing charges) by the Supports Open Access label beneath the journal title. Click on this label to reveal more information about how to publish open access articles within the journal.

 

Identify hybrid journals on ScienceDirect

 

6. Set up an RSS feed for open access content from a particular journal in ScienceDirect.

 

To be alerted when new open access content is published in a particular journal, set up an alert on the journal homepage. Under Find out more, select RSS if the journal is fully open access or Open access RSS if the journal supports open access.

 

 

7. Find open access publications on Scopus.

 

To find open access publications on Scopus, select Sources on the main menu and then Browse sources. Filter your results using Display only Open Access journals to return a list of fully open access titles.

 

Find find open access publications on Scopus

 

You can also use the Display only Open Access journals filter on a list of search results from Search for a source.

 

See also More ways to discover content from open access journals in Scopus on the Scopus blog.

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