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UO Libraries Elsevier Contract Negotiations

The University of Oregon Libraries, working together with librarians from Oregon State University and Portland State University, has initiated contract negotiations with the company Elsevier, a publisher and global provider of information and analytics for educators, researchers and health care professionals that has supplied the UO with access to scholarly journals over the past decade. This will be UO’s first major renegotiation of terms with Elsevier since 2014. UO's current contract with Elsevier ends Dec. 31. If the parties cannot come to an agreement by that time, the UO is prepared to leave the relationship, joining a growing number of major research institutions that have stopped or significantly reduced their spending with Elsevier.

For the most up to date information on the Elsevier negotiation, please visit our contract negotiation information page:

Alternative Access to Elsevier Articles

In the event that the library ends our contract with Elsevier, we've developed the following guide to help support the UO Community in identifying alternative ways to access Elsevier articles. If you have questions or need additional support, we also encourage you to reach out to your Subject Librarian for help.

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You can find open access articles through browser extensions. These tools find legally available manuscript versions as well as final published articles when the journal allows it or the journal is open access. We recommending installing:

  • Open Access Button: Enter an article’s URL, DOI, title, or other information on the OA Button website to find free, legal, open access versions. Or install the Chrome or Firefox extension, then click on it from a paywalled article to initiate a search for an open version and, when available, instantly get free access. When free access is not found, the service can contact the author directly to help them make the article available.
  • Unpaywall: Directly search an open, legal database of millions of open access scholarly articles. Or install the Chrome or Firefox extension to connect to open access versions of paywalled articles.

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UO community members will retain access to all new Elsevier content published on an open access basis, including: All publications in fully open SCOAP3 journals such as Physics Letters B; 50% of new Cell Press articles, and 100% of Cell Press articles older than 12 months; All articles in any journal with a corresponding author affiliated with one of these institutions covered by a blanket OA publishing agreement. In 2023, based on historic usage and subscription coverage, we estimate that 85% of article requests would be instantly accessible for UO users. To search for open content, we recommend starting with the following:

  • Google Scholar: Searching for articles through Google Scholar will find them in well-indexed repositories. The repository versions are usually those deposited by the authors and may include versions prior to peer review. Google Scholar also links to our UOFindText search as long as you’re logged in with your DUCKID or on campus. We recommend signing in with your UO credentials and configuring Google Scholar for the most efficient search.
  • CORE: This is an aggregator of OA repositories & journals. Mac or iPhone users can also download the Open Access Helper, which uses CORE data.

 UO Libraries tools

Based on historic usage, we're estimating that around 15% of article requests would hit a paywall and have to be re-routed through another source to obtain the desired material. If you can't find an open access version of the article, we recommend that you explore UO Libraries tools and services:

  • LibrarySearch: Start by searching for the article in LibrarySearch. If the content is not open access, but was published before Dec. 31, 2022, the library may still have access to it in perpetuity, and we may also have access to Elsevier content through an alternate database.
    • Article Galaxy Scholar: Article Galaxy Scholar (AGS) is a tool that helps connect UO employees, faculty and students with Elsevier journals while our contract with Elsevier has lapsed. It provides direct access to journal articles, usually within minutes.
    • Request them through Interlibrary Loan: If we don't have access to the article you need through an alternative database or through AGS, you can request the article through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, with delivery of most requested articles in 1-2 business days.

null Ask the author

Most publishers allow authors to responsibly share their own publications. Contact the author directly to request a preprint. Some authors are open to receiving requests for articles via social networking sites for researchers such as and ResearchGate.

null Questions?

Do you have additional questions or need support finding articles? Contact your Subject Librarian for help.

Journal Title List

The following is a list of the 189 journals we access through Elsevier, which will no longer be subscribed to as of January 2023. We will retain perpetual access to the content in these journals published through December 2022.

  • Acta Histochemica
  • Advanced Engineering Informatics
  • Advances in Applied Mathematics
  • Advances in Mathematics
  • Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Annales de Paléontologie
  • Annals of Physics
  • Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis
  • Applied Soil Ecology
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Behaviour Research and Therapy
  • Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
  • Biochimie
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Biological Psychology
  • Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Biophysical Journal
  • Brain and Cognition
  • Brain and Language
  • Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
  • Cell
  • Cell Calcium
  • Cell Chemical Biology
  • Cell Host & Microbe
  • Cell Metabolism
  • Cell Stem Cell
  • Cells & Development
  • Chemical Physics Letters
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Psychology Review
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Contemporary Educational Psychology
  • Coordination Chemistry Reviews
  • Cortex
  • Current Biology
  • Current Opinion in Biotechnology
  • Current Opinion in Cell Biology
  • Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
  • Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science
  • Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
  • Current Opinion in Microbiology
  • Current Opinion in Neurobiology
  • Current Opinion in Plant Biology
  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology
  • Design Studies
  • Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Cell
  • Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Ecological Economics
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Economics & Human Biology
  • Economics Letters
  • Economics of Education Review
  • Energy and Buildings
  • Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
  • Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
  • European Journal of Combinatorics
  • European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Evaluation and Program Planning
  • Evolution and Human Behavior
  • Expositiones Mathematicae
  • Flora
  • Fungal Biology
  • Fungal Genetics and Biology
  • Gait & Posture
  • Games and Economic Behavior
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gene Expression Patterns
  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Geomorphology
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Government Information Quarterly
  • Human Movement Science
  • Infant Behavior and Development
  • International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
  • International Journal of Paleopathology
  • International Review of Law and Economics
  • Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • Journal of Adolescence
  • Journal of Algebra
  • Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
  • Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • Journal of Approximation Theory
  • Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Journal of Arid Environments
  • Journal of Biomechanics
  • Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
  • Journal of Communication Disorders
  • Journal of Comparative Economics
  • Journal of Computational Physics
  • Journal of Computer Languages
  • Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Journal of Development Economics
  • Journal of Differential Equations
  • Journal of Economic Psychology
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Journal of Financial Intermediation
  • Journal of Fluency Disorders
  • Journal of Functional Analysis
  • Journal of Geochemical Exploration
  • Journal of Historical Geography
  • Journal of Human Evolution
  • Journal of Interactive Marketing
  • Journal of International Money and Finance
  • Journal of Macroeconomics
  • Journal of Magnetic Resonance
  • Journal of Mathematical Economics
  • Journal of Memory and Language
  • Journal of Molecular Biology
  • Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Journal of Number Theory
  • Journal of Organometallic Chemistry
  • Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Journal of Phonetics
  • Journal of Research in Personality
  • Journal of School Psychology
  • Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Journal of Solid State Chemistry
  • Journal of Structural Biology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent
  • Psychiatry
  • Journal of Theoretical Biology
  • Journal of Urban Economics
  • Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
  • Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Limnologica
  • Marine Policy
  • Mathematical Social Sciences
  • Mechanisms of Development
  • Methods
  • Mitochondrion
  • Molecular Cell
  • Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Neuron
  • Neuropsychologia
  • Ocean & Coastal Management
  • Optik
  • Orbis
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Political Geography
  • Protist
  • Public Relations Review
  • Quaternary Science Reviews
  • Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Research in Microbiology
  • Research in Organizational Behavior
  • Research in Social Stratification and Mobility
  • Russian Literature
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Social Science Research
  • Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
  • Superlattices and Microstructures
  • Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Tetrahedron Letters
  • The American Journal of Human Genetics
  • The Journal of Academic Librarianship
  • The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics
  • The Journal of Pediatrics
  • The Lancet
  • The Leadership Quarterly
  • Trends in Biochemical Sciences
  • Trends in Biotechnology
  • Trends in Cell Biology
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • Trends in Ecology & Evolution
  • Trends in Genetics
  • Trends in Neurosciences
  • Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
  • Trends in Plant Science
  • Vision Research
  • Women's Studies International Forum


Alternative access to Elsevier articles by the University of Oregon Libraries is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0. It is a derivative of the original work, MIT Alternative access to Elsevier, CC-BY-NC, and it adapts content from the University of California Office of Scholarly Communications quick guide, CC-BY and the MIT How to Find Openly Accessible Articles page, CC-BY-NC.