Our previous contract has now expired. Despite many months of negotiations the UC and Elsevier have been unable to reach a new agreement. We do not know when Elsevier will cut off direct access to articles through the ScienceDirect platform, but it could be at any time. When they do, this will mean some changes to how UC scholars access current Elsevier journal articles.

We currently have access to most articles published through 2018 [Excel spreadsheet] on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform.  

To retrieve articles published in ScienceDirect (2019+) [Excel spreadsheet] as well as older content for which UC does not have perpetual rights [Excel spreadsheet], please see options below.

Get It From the Library

Request the article through Interlibrary Loan using one of these three methods:

  • Paste your desired article title into Google Scholar and then select the UC-eLinks button to the right of the title in the results list. On the UC-eLinks screen, use the "Request this from the library" link to request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Paste your desired article title into UCSB Library Search. Click on the title to view the record and then select the Interlibrary Loan option.
  • Alternatively you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan using the UC Citation Linker article request form.

With any of these methods, requests for content no longer licensed through Elsevier will automatically be placed into a separate queue. Please use the Special Instructions/Notes field to indicate urgent requests.  Articles will be sent as soon as possible.

Search For an Open-Access Version

If you are unable to get an article in your usual way, these tips may help you locate an openly accessible version. For details on additional ways to search, see the Office of Scholarly Communication website.

Google Scholar or Google
Search by article title to find open-access versions of an article. In Google Scholar, look for an “All versions” link underneath the record.

Open Access Button
Find open-access articles using the search box or browser extension (search by title, DOI, or PMID). Have OA Button request a free version from the author if none is found.

Unpaywall
Find open-access versions of publications from over 50,000 publishers and repositories. Use the browser extension to auto-search article DOIs.

Sci-Hub
Not recommended. Use in many countries may violate copyright laws.

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