Elsevier is the largest scholarly publisher in the world, disseminating about 18 percent of journal articles produced by UC faculty. As of July 10, UC’s direct access to new Elsevier articles has been discontinued.

Members of the UC community no longer have direct access to:

  • 2019 articles in all Elsevier journals
  • Older articles in certain journals (download the list)

What is not affected:

  • Articles published before 2019 in most Elsevier journals (covering about 95% of historical usage) should continue to be available via ScienceDirect.

Please note that the process for discontinuing access is complex, so access to specific journals or articles may fluctuate until Elsevier’s rollout of these changes is complete.


As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California decided not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier because the publisher was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.

Resource Assistance

Read how to access Elsevier articles moving forward.

If you’re stuck, the Library is here to help. Email the Library at [email protected].

The Library will be carefully evaluating the impact of losing access to new articles on ScienceDirect over the coming months, and will do its best to ensure that you have access to the articles you need. Meanwhile, UC is hoping to re-enter formal negotiations with Elsevier if the publisher indicates that it is willing to discuss a contract that addresses our goals of cost containment and open access.

If you have any questions or need help accessing an article, please don’t hesitate to contact the Library at [email protected] at any time.