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Societies and Partnerships

Working in partnership to realize your mission and inspire your communities

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Our publishing partnerships with societies, institutions and university presses are all unique and we believe in strategies that support your mission and your communities. We pride ourselves on consistently delivering outstanding publishing outcomes through strategic insight, reliable finances, widespread awareness of your content, growth in open access and key markets, and the knowledge that you have a champion for you and your community.

Elsevier can help you to realize your goals

hone your talentsStrategic Vision

Elsevier’s industry-leading tools and extensive experience will help to inform and shape your future strategy, centered around your specific goals.

We live in uncertain times and, with a data-driven approach underpinned by Scopus data, we have the insight and connections to help you make the right choices for your current and future journal program.

Outstanding publishing outcomes:

In 2018, Elsevier published 18% of global research output and garnered a 25% share of citations, demonstrating Elsevier’s commitment and strength in delivering research quality significantly above the industry average.

build trustA champion for you and your society

Ensuring personal engagement and the execution of agreed plans, our Publishers are your key point of contact and provide access to production management, marketing, analytics and much more.

In addition, you can be assured of the support and full commitment of our leadership team who place society publishing at the heart of our commitment to the advancement of research and science. Our publishing and support teams bring the same expertise to you that we share with Cell and Lancet, and together we are fully committed to your publishing and financial success.

stand outOutstanding author, editor and reader outcomes

Authors, editors and readers score Elsevier’s publishing support and services extremely highly against market benchmarks. This is driven by Elsevier’s industry leading submission system; author and editor tools that save time whilst providing unique insight; first class production focused on quality and speed; and industry leading publishing platforms.

Elsevier’s unique, data-driven approach can help you to identify, solicit and acquire the best content, and ScienceDirect and our journal branded sites can provide that content with unrivalled visibility, profile, and market penetration worldwide.

open accessOpen Access focus and experience

As one of the world’s leading open access publishers, Elsevier publishes over 500 full open access journals and has helped many societies embrace open access.

Elsevier is absolutely committed to meeting authors’ needs and has a wealth of experience in launching and flipping journals to open access; in developing subscription and open access portfolios for success; and in helping societies to respond to initiatives such as Plan S and grow through Transformative Agreements.

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Poultry Science Association are just two societies that have recently made the switch to Elsevier and full gold open access.

marketsLeadership in growth markets

We invest heavily for our partners in author, editor, reviewer and institutional outreach in high growth markets. China is a great example: together we have built a >20% market share in China at a quality level >40% higher than average.

We continue to develop specific strategies to support Chinese researchers and independent surveys show that Chinese authors are more and increasingly satisfied with Elsevier’s services when compared with other publishers.

We understand how these markets operate, have well established and growing offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Moscow, Chennai, Mumbai and many more, and are well connected to the key stakeholders.

handsReliable and robust finances

We understand that a strong financial return is important to you and our financial agreements are based on maximizing your return, minimizing your risk and ensuring the long-term prosperity of your journal(s).

Through our global sales teams and unique infrastructure and resources we are able to maximize your revenues and share more royalties back to you. We are sensitive to your desire and need to manage financial risk. With you, we will take a long-term view, including underwriting financial offers and structuring terms to help you transition to new business models in a sustainable way.

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Society Partnerships

A small selection of our current society clients:




May Piotrowski, MA

American Academy of Ophthalmologyspacer

Poultry Science Association

Jacelyn Hemmelgarn

Executive Director, PSAspacer


Dr. Ira Lamster

Editor-in-Chief, International Dental Journal

Sue Reimbold

CEO and Executive Director, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)

Societies’ Update

Elsevier’s Societies’ Update is an insightful newsletter/blog that features articles on the key issues shaping today’s publishing industry, including ‘case studies’ written by and about our society partners – an opportunity for us to all learn and develop from our collective experiences.

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We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how we can help you to meet your publishing goals. For more information, and to explore the benefits of partnering with Elsevier, please contact: Elsevier Societies

Meet the team

North America & Latin America

Michelle NuttallMichelle Nuttall

Business Development Director

Theresa-ArmstrongTheresa Armstrong

Business Development Manager


Neil-Appleton.jpgNeil Appleton

SVP Society Business Development

Steve-Wymbs.jpgStephen Wymbs

Society Business Director

Ahmed-ShamsAhmed Shams

Manager, Business Development


Wenyi-Zhou.pngWenyi Zhou

Director of Journal Strategic Partnerships

Renée ChiRenée Chi

Partnership Development Manager