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Free Access to ScienceDirect for Early Career Researchers

posted 15 Aug 2013, 02:59 by ICO Education   [ updated 15 Aug 2013, 02:59 ]

ScienceDirect delighted to announce that they will soon be repeating the Postdoc Free Access to ScienceDirect initiative, which they successfully piloted last year. The initiative is designed to help early career researchers who do not currently have a research position to stay up-to-date in their field. For scholars who have recently received their PhD and currently do not have a research position, the program will offer postdocs a Free Access Passport, with complimentary access to all journals and books on ScienceDirect for 6 months.

During the pilot in 2012, they granted free ScienceDirect access to 64 individuals out of 176 applicants. Applications came from all parts of the world, but mostly from Asia (40%) and Europe (34%). All areas of science were represented, but the majority of applicants were in the life and physical sciences. See the Elsevier Connect article 'Who applied for the Post-doc Free Access Passport' for more information.

Based on feedback received last time, this year they have relaxed the criteria and will now also allow PhD graduates without postdoc experience to apply. Furthermore, they will extend the application period from 6 weeks to 3 months. The applications will be reviewed by Elsevier, and once the application has been reviewed and approval is granted, they will receive a "passport" that includes an individual access code.

In order to qualify for the Free Access Passport, starting 3 June 2013 candidates can apply online and complete a form to verify their credentials, before 31 August 2013. Once approved, they will receive a personal code allowing access to ScienceDirect.

Qualifying criteria include:

  • Must be a postdoctoral researcher who has received a PhD (or equivalent) within in the past 5 years
  • Must have completed your last research position (either your PhD research or a postdoc or equivalent) on or after 31 December 2012 or have a position that will be completed before 31st August 2013.

More information about the program can be found in the Elsevier Connect article and the application form can be accessed at www.elsevier.com/postdocfreeaccess.