Using Template to Publish in Elsevier Journals

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The Amsterdam-based Elsevier publishing company is a global business that publishes more ​than 2,000 journals of medical, scientific and technical information, along with hundreds of books each year. It lists these journals on its website and provides tools and guidelines for authors to submit journal articles, reviews and books. Although submissions must follow guidelines, the use of templates is optional. Elsevier provides only a few Word templates for the use of its authors and stresses that following the guidelines listed for each journal is more important than using a template. A submission can be rejected before review if the manuscript doesn't follow the guidelines.

Microsoft Word documents that follow a specific journal's guidelines are acceptable for all submissions. The site's limited templates are available for formatting submission in only certain scientific fields.

Elsevier Journal Publication Templates

Templates specifically for the Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry and Tetrahedron family of publications are available for download at the Elsevier website. These optional templates can be opened in Word, and they include instructions on how to best use the templates.

The Authorea website contains a selection of templates. Search on "Elsevier" and then download the template suitable for your journal. Currently, the templates at Authorea include:

  • Elsevier Vancouver
  • Elsevier Harvard 2 (for use in preparation of submissions for Genetics)
  • Elsevier Software X
  • Elsevier Harvard (with titles)

Elsevier Journal Guidelines

Far more important than using a journal template is adherence to the guidelines for a specific journal. Those guidelines are listed on each journal's Elsevier home page. The information varies, but in general, it contains ethics information, a copyright agreement, and open access options. The guidelines also cover:

  • The preferred structure of the article submission for the journal.
  • The abstract contents.
  • Keywords and highlights.
  • Proper formatting for video, artwork, and data.

Poor English is a common reason for rejection. Authors are advised to proofread their manuscripts carefully or have them professionally edited. Elsevier offers editing services in its WebShop, along with illustration services.

Elsevier Tools for Authors

Elsevier publishes a "Get Published" guide and "How to Publish in Scholarly Journals" in PDF format for download by authors. The site also periodically posts lectures of interest to writers in specific fields and maintains an Author Services web page that includes other tools and information for authors.

Elsevier encourages writers to download its free Mendeley app for Android and iOS devices. Mendeley is an academic social network and reference manager. The app is designed for researchers, students, and knowledge workers. With it, you can generate bibliographies, import papers from other research software and access your papers. The app makes it easy to collaborate with other researchers online.

Elsevier Step-by-Step Publishing Process

Authors who submit works to Elsevier follow a specific publishing process. The steps of this process are:

  • Locating a suitable journal (using Elsevier's Journal Finder or by browsing Elsevier's journal list).
  • Preparing your paper for submission.
  • Submitting and revising.
  • Tracking your submission.
  • Tracking your accepted article.
  • Sharing and promoting.

Acceptance of your journal submission promotes your research and advances your career.