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Open Access at CBS: The Elsevier-agreement

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Choosing a Creative Commons license

When you publish Open Access with the Elsevier-agreement, a Creative Commons-license will be added to your article. A Creative Commons-license lets users know how they can use your article without violating copyright.

The Elsevier-agreement gives you the option of two different Creative Commons-licenses: CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND, whereof the latter is the most restrictive. See definitions of CC-licenses here:

You are welcome to contact us, if you have questions about what license to choose.

More information

Links for more information:

Elsevier and Open Access-publication

Elsevier and Open Access-publication
On the 1st of January 2021, a new consortium agreement between Elsevier and Danish research institutions stepped into force. To CBS researchers, the agreement means that you can publish your research as Open Access without cost in a number of Elsevier’s journals.

Press release about the agreement (In Danish)

The agreement stepped into force on 1 January 2021 and is valid until 31 December 2024. According to the agreement, the final version of an article can be published as Open Access under a Creative Commons-license, if it fulfills the agreement conditions. The publication costs are covered by the consortium agreement.

Agreement conditions

To publish Open Access without cost, the following conditions need to be fulfilled:

  • The article is submitted to the journal after 1 January 2021.
  • Corresponding author is affiliated to Copenhagen Business School.
  • The journal must be part of the agreement

What to do

When your article is accepted for publication, you will receive an e-mail with a link to the “post-acceptance author journey”. To make sure that your article is published as Open Access without cost, you need to fill out the form in the following way:

  1. Choose ‘Copenhagen Business School’ as ‘Corresponding Author’s Organization’.
  2. Choose ‘Gold OA’ to publish your article as Open Access without a publication fee.
  3. Choose a Creative Commons-license. You can choose between CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND (if you have questions about Creative Commons-licenses, please write to:

Please use your CBS-mail address in the process.

For more information, or if you prefer video instructions, you can watch Elsevier’s instruction video with the title: “Gold Open Access: Central Funding Agreement”.

Which journals are part of the agreement?

The agreement includes most subscription-based journals, with the exclusion of about 170 journals. If you want to know if a specific journal is included in the agreement, you can look it up here.

Open Access journals (journals that are not subscription-based, and where all articles are published as Open Access) are not part of the agreement. If you publish in one of these journals, you will need to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). You can see a list of Elsevier’s Open Access journals here.

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