How to get access to Elsevier journals after July 1st

As previously announced the Swedish universities’ agreement with Elsevier has been cancelled. Elsevier has not been able to offer Swedish universities a model that meets our demand for a sustainable pricing model which makes a transition to open access possible (see the KI president’s blog). More information about the ongoing negotiations with Elsevier is available at the National Library of Sweden's blog (updated regularly). 

The termination of the agreement means that material published after the first of July 2018 can no longer be accessed in the same way as before. However, according to the post-termination clause of our cancelled agreement, you will have access to articles published from January 1995 to June 2018.

There are no restrictions for how you may publish in, or review for, Elsevier’s journals, it’s up to you.

How can I get access to articles in Elsevier’s journals? 

Depending on how soon you need an article, or whether you need the publisher version or not*, you can get it in different ways. If you can’t find a satisfactory version of the article yourself, The University Library will help you get the final, published version (see below).

1. Pubmed may have links to an open version of the article, if it is available in Pubmed Central or at the publisher’s website.

2. Unpaywall is a browser plugin. If there are free versions of the article, a green tab with a padlock icon will appear in your browser with a direct link to the full text article.

3. If there is an open version of an article (10 – 20% of Elsevier articles), you can often find it through Google or Google Scholar. The discovery tool 1findr is another alternative that shows the availability of open versions in the search result.

4. Are you also affiliated to SLL? The hospital library subscription to ClinicalKey will give you access to about 700 Elsevier journals for use in your SLL work.

5. Use your network. Most publishers will allow “responsible sharing” of your own publications. One way to get an article is to contact the author and ask for a copy.

6. Order via the library. If you have difficulties getting the article you need, you can order the published version via the library and if you are a KI researcher/employee or a student writing your undergraduate or master’s thesis at KI, fees will be covered by the library. Two alternatives will, when applicable, be available via the "Get it@Karolinska Institutet" button in e.g. Pubmed; the order form and the Get It Now service, which will supply you with a pdf via email (KI researchers/employees only). In reSEARCH, you will find these alternatives when you click on a "No full-text" link in the search results. (Results without full text will only appear after you expand your search to "Also include material not offered by KI Library".)

*An article may be available in several different versions:

  • The publisher version is the final, official version of the article, available at the publisher website.
  • A post print is the final version of the paper, but without the publisher’s layout and final editing. This version is the one most frequently used for parallel publishing, so called green open access.
  • A preprint version is the original version of the manuscript as it is submitted to a journal. Preprint versions can be found in e.g. och

Questions? Contact, 08-524 84 000

Thank you Linköping University Library for your inspiring “survival guide”!

Peter Sjögårde

Working as a bibliometric analyst with statistical analyses of KI and SLL research. Interested in network visualizations and algorithmic classification of research publications.