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Scholarly Communication


  • Washington University Libraries has negotiated an agreement with Elsevier for open access publishing.

  • WashU-affiliated corresponding authors are eligible for full APC waiver (hybrid journals, including Cell Press), 25% discount (Gold OA), and 10% discount (Gold Cell Press and Lancet OA).

  • Waivers are fixed per calendar year, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Articles must have acceptance date between Jan. 1, 2024 and Dec. 31, 2027.

  • Authors that have published under a subscription model in an eligible journal may notify Elsevier by Jan. 31 of the following year to retroactively convert work to open access.

  • Search list of ~2,500 titles by name or subject area via Washington University in St. Louis Journal Finder List.


  • Corresponding author receives link to the Elsevier Open Access Platform (EOAP) in email from journal editor upon acceptance of manuscript for publication.

  • Rights & Access form offers two license options: CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND. 

  • After validation of WUSTL affiliation, author/institution sent invoice for waived or discounted APC. 

  • Authors complete "Publishing Journey" and submit information via Online Author Communication System (OACS).

  • Article is made available on ScienceDirect on publication date. 


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