After more than two years of negotiations, in March 2021 the University of California announced a transformative open access agreement with Elsevier, the world’s largest academic publisher. This successful outcome is the result of UC’s faculty, librarians and university leadership coming together to stand firm on the goals of making UC research freely available to all and transforming scholarly communication for the better.
By April 1, 2021, UC will have regained access to all articles published in Elsevier journals the libraries subscribed to before, plus additional journals to which UC previously did not subscribe. Access to those journals in ScienceDirect will start to be restored in March 2021 and will continue to be added until they are all available on April 1, 2021. 
A very limited number of Societies have chosen to exclude their journals from publishing and/or reading under transformative agreements.  A full list detailing which titles are excluded and which titles are included in the reading and open access parts of the agreement is being developed and will be available on UC’s Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC) site in the coming weeks.
If you have feedback or questions regarding the Elsevier contract please contact:
Alternative access options will remain available for a small number of Society journals not included in the reading and open access parts of the agreement.

Get It From the Library

Request the article through Interlibrary Loan. 

UCSB faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students can place an ILL request by using their valid UCSB Library account. Users may log in using their library card/account number. For most users, your library account number is the 14-digit barcode number beginning with 21205 that appears on your Access Card. For others, your library account number is the 13-digit barcode number beginning with 21205 that appears on your library card. If you have tried these account numbers and are unable to login, please contact Interlibrary Loan by emailing or calling (805) 893-3436. 

You can request using one of these three methods:

  • Paste your desired article title into Google Scholar and then select the Get it at UC link to the right of the title in the results list. On the Get it at UC screen, use the "Request this from the library" link to request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Paste your desired article title into UC 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.


If UCSB Faculty and Academic Appointees have an urgent need for an Elsevier 2019 article, the Library will reimburse a direct purchase from Elsevier. To be reimbursed, forward your confirmation of the ScienceDirect (Elsevier) order along with your name and home department to Interlibrary Loan.

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.

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

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