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Elsevier is an academic publishing company that publishes medical and scientific literature, as a "provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions—among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey—and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles."

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Elsevier has donated ScienceDirect access. ScienceDirect is their full-text database with "almost a quarter of the world's peer-reviewed scientific content". The database includes over 2,500 journals, 900 serials and 26,000 book titles. Journals include, among others, The Lancet, Cell, Current Biology, Biomaterials, Biological Psychiatry, Social Science & Medicine, Current Biology, Cognition, and Behavioural Brain Research. For a full list of journals included in Elsevier's ScienceDirect, see their website.

Wikipedia Library access

Elsevier is offering free accounts to its published content online on ScienceDirect to help write Wikipedia content in a great variety of topics, from health to astronomy. To facilitate verification in more specific areas of the encyclopedia, the accounts have been split across three access collections:

  • Health & Life Sciences (See the included journals, books,[dead link] incl. includes reference modules in Chemistry and reference modules in Biomedical Sciences.)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (see the included journals and books[dead link])
  • Physical Sciences (see the included journals and books[dead link] incl. reference module in Chemistry and reference module in Earth Systems))

Wikipedia editors may apply for one of these ScienceDirect access collections according to their area of specialty; their account will be valid for a period of one year.


  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may:

  • Search, view and download content from ScienceDirect and must follow scholarly and/or Wikipedia best practices when using those sources for their work (see below for the Wikipedia-specific guidelines).
  • Print, download and store individual items (e.g., articles, abstracts, chapters) for such user's exclusive use.
  • Comply with any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of ScienceDirect website they are accessing.
  • Store individual journal articles from the content in the private library of a social networking site for the approved editor’s own personal use only.
  • Share individual items with a limited number of third party colleagues as part of an invitation only working group on a social networking site for personal, scholarly or research use that works with publishers to provide anonymized usage information.

Note: ScienceDirect includes Open Access content. Open Access content generally has broader license restriction that vary depending on the applicable end user license. More information about Elsevier licenses can be found here. Open Access and Open Archive articles can be identified from the Open Archive or Open Access indications just above the abstract or summary in the online version of the article.

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download content on ScienceDirect
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Mine data or content without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Display any copyrighted images or pictures which are in Elsevier works without permission of Elsevier
  • Use the access provided for any commercial purpose

Private and confidential information

  • By applying to the Program, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and Elsevier ScienceDirect. Wikipedia Library organizers contracted under the Wikimedia Foundation will abide by the Wikimedia Foundation privacy policy and associated confidentiality agreements. Volunteer representatives of the Wikipedia Library are neither employees nor contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation (or Elsevier ScienceDirect), but they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


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  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to Elsevier ScienceDirect resources, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted Elsevier ScienceDirect pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of Elsevier ScienceDirect, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Cite resources in line with the citation examples provided below or with the examples provided by Elsevier ScienceDirect
Note that citation styles vary by article; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles they are working with so long as the citations are complete.


<ref> {{cite journal |title=Enhancing Tumor-Specific Uptake of the Anticancer Drug Cisplatin with a Copper Chelator|authors= Ishida, Seiko; McCormick, Frank; Smith-McCune, Karen; Hanahan, Douglas|doi=10.1016/j.ccr.2010.04.011|url=|date=15 June 2010|volume=17|issue= 6|pages= 574–583 | journal =Cancer Cell}} {{Subscription or libraries|sentence|via=[[ScienceDirect]]}}</ref>
  • Ishida, Seiko; McCormick, Frank; Smith-McCune, Karen; Hanahan, Douglas (15 June 2010). "Enhancing Tumor-Specific Uptake of the Anticancer Drug Cisplatin with a Copper Chelator". Cancer Cell. 17 (6): 574–583. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2010.04.011.   – via ScienceDirect (Subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries.)

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