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Amsterdam (Netherlands)
5001 to 10000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
£2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity.

We help researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with ... Read more

Mission: Lead the way in advancing science, technology and health.

Company Updates

  • Elsevier has been shortlisted as a winner for the Best Engagement of Employer Brand Ambassadors category by ICE (Internal Communications and Engagement Awards). At Elsevier, our people are our strength. We are always looking for great people like these Employer Brand Ambassadors to join us at Elsevier. If you are dedicated, collaborative and determined, it’s likely that we will have a place for you to do what you’re best at. Help inspire tomorrow’s great discoveries in science, research, and healthcare. Discover the opportunities we have in marketing, tech, sales, people management and beyond.

  • A Natural Language Processing (NLP) Specialist at Elsevier, knows what you can achieve with the right data. He’s currently working on the Funding Body project, which extracts funding information from articles and showcases it to universities and funding institutions in Scopus, Elsevier’s abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature – the largest of its kind. “The amount of data you get to apply to a real-world problem is huge” - Nishant Mitri, Natural Language Processing Specialist, Elsevier.

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Elsevier – Why Work With Us?

This is Elsevier

Elsevier provides information and analytics that help institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity.

Why join us?

A culture of learning

Learning is at the heart of what we do, as we help people in science, research and healthcare expand their knowledge every day. That extends to a company culture that will help and encourage you to develop new skills and build your expertise.

A commitment to innovation

We’re uncompromisingly curious. We collaborate with and challenge one another. We’re always looking for ways to inspire, innovate and improve.

A sense of purpose

We use technology to inspire breakthrough thinking. To make knowledge accessible so that our customers can turn theory into action and facilitate discoveries that benefit human-kind.

Discover Elsevier. Help us to inspire tomorrow’s great discoveries in science, research, and healthcare.

Connecting communities in science, technology, and health

At Elsevier, we are connecting communities in science, technology, and health. Have you visited our Novel Coronavirus Information Center? It's Elsevier’s free health and medical research on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There, you will find expert, curated information for the research and health community on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients.

Amazing people, great work

Join us to do meaningful work.

Be curious. Be challenged. Be involved.

See what makes us different. Know what we are passionate about. Be aware of what drives us every day.  Know what makes us, us.

Join us. 



Elsevier, the modern publishing business, was founded in 1880. It has evolved from a small Dutch publishing house devoted to classical scholarship into an international multimedia publishing business with over 20,000 products for educational and professional science and healthcare communities worldwide. Elsevier takes its name from the original House of Elzevir, a Dutch family publishing house founded in 1580.

Elsevier's history reflects a series of collaborations in the effort to advance science and health. These publishing collaborations with a group of scientific visionaries – ranging from Jules Verne to Stephen W. Hawking – created the foundation of scientific and medical publishing.

The efforts of the men and women dedicated to disseminating and using scientific and medical knowledge have been equally critical – the editors, printers, librarians, nurses, doctors, engineers, information specialists and business people at the center of scientific and health publishing.

Relationships with other great science publishers such as North Holland, Pergamon, Mosby, W.B. Saunders, Churchill Livingstone and Academic Press have also been Integral to our success. These are just a few of the companies that are now part of the Elsevier family, bringing with them rich histories of their own. As the company moves forward, our founding motto remains apt: Non Solus – Not Alone.

How Elsevier Became a Science Publisher

Back in 1930, the Elsevier publishing house struggled with unsold books and large bank debt, but one director's decision to focus on technology, medicine, and history turned the company's fortunes around.

Non Solus: The Story Behind the Elsevier Tree

There is some debate over the meaning of the original Elzevir printer’s mark that is still used as Elsevier’s logo today and features an old man standing beneath a vine-entwined elm tree. It is inscribed with the Latin term Non Solus (not alone). The mark, first introduced by Isaac Elzevir (son of Lowys) in 1620, was featured on all Elzevir works from that time forth.

That the Elzevir family took pride in their mark is undisputed; what they intended it to mean is less clear. Although most scholars agree that the elm represents the tree of knowledge, they cannot agree on the meaning of the intertwined vine. The Parisian librarian Adry posited in 1806 that the elm tree entwined with the grapevine symbolized the bond between brothers Isaac and Abraham Elzevir and that the old man, a hermit, symbolized the seclusion of study. However, contemporary art historian Lucy Schlüter suggests more persuasively that the old man represents a wise scholar, a philosopher – evoking Erasmus’ image of Socrates sitting under a tree in a rural setting delivering fruitful and inspiring lectures.

In this context the intertwined tree and vine represent a fruitful relationship – and the story therefore carries a moral. As Erasmus said, referring to the classic metaphor of tree and vine: "Like the vine which, though the most distinguished of all trees, yet needs the support of canes or stake or other trees which bear no fruit, the powerful and the learned need the help of lesser men."

Viewed this way, the logo represents, in classical symbolism, the symbiotic relationship between publisher and scholar. The addition of the Non Solus inscription reinforces the message that publishers, like the elm tree, are needed to provide sturdy support for scholars, just as surely as scholars, the vine, are needed to produce fruit. Publishers and scholars cannot do it alone. They need each other. This remains as apt a representation of the relationship between Elsevier and its authors today – neither dependent, nor independent, but interdependent.

As a global provider of information solutions in science, technology and medicine, we are proud of our unique contributions to sustainability development – from our publishing portfolios and analytics capabilities to building research capacity in developing countries and advancing diversity in science.

We make these contributions in partnership with our global research and health communities.

The Elsevier Foundation

In 2016, the Elsevier Foundation launched a series of new partnerships to support innovations in health information, research in developing countries, diversity in science and technology for development. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities.


Elsevier is a founding member of Research4Life, a public-private partnership that provides free and low-cost scientific research to scientists and doctors in more than 100 developing countries with the aim of aims to bridging the digital research divide. It is central to Elsevier's goal of achieving universal access to scientific, technical and medical research information.

Book Donations

Book Aid International promotes literacy in developing countries by creating reading and learning opportunities. Founded in 1954 and based in the UK, 17 nations have benefited from Book Aid International programs, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa.  The RELX Group works in an innovative partnership with Book Aid International, donating over $200,000 and 750,000 books over the last ten years.

Sense About Science

In 2006, Elsevier partnered with Sense About Science (SAS), an independent charitable trust, championing evidence, scientific reasoning, the needs of early career researchers, and a public discussion of scientific issues. For the past nine years this unique program has worked to promote an understanding of peer review among journalists, policymakers and the public.

We help researchers, clinicians and engineers tackle the biggest challenges facing humankind. Combining content, data and analytics we turn information into answers. With a wide range of technology jobs, commercial and business jobs, and graduate jobs there is a part for everyone to play.
We need talented people to help us inspire ground-breaking research.

Diversity & Inclusion in RELX: Our Vision

At RELX Group we are passionate about making a positive impact on society and customers through our unique contributions as a business including access to information, advance of science and health, protection of society, promotion of the rule of law and access to justice, and fostering communities.  

We want Elsevier to be a great place to work where our employees feel valued regardless of their gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or identity, age, or disability status.

Diversity and inclusion are important to our future. We need the engagement of people from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and ideas to achieve real innovation for our customers around the world.


Elsevier employs over 7,500 people located in 46 countries and serving customers in over 180 countries around the world. As a global organization, we value people of all cultures, nationalities, races, religions, and ethnicities, regardless of characteristics such as gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

EDGE Certification

Elsevier is one of the first information service and technology companies in the world to obtain EDGE Assess certification, the global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

We are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and we strive to create a work environment that respects individuals and their contributions and fosters innovation. The diversity of people and ideas creates strength for our business and customers. We are passionate about attracting, retaining and developing the most talented and skilled individuals, regardless of background. We encourage our people to work across functions, geographies, and cultures as one company.

Elsevier earned the first level of EDGE certification, EDGE Assess, making it one of the first information service and technology companies in the world to be certified globally. Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) is the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. Certification requires a rigorous external assessment. It recognizes that Elsevier has made a public commitment to gender equality and has identified a concrete action plan to further its progress.

Equal Opportunities Employer

Qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Join us to help researchers, clinicians and engineers tackle the biggest challenges facing humankind. 

What Elsevier is doing to support employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

We recognise that the spread of coronavirus is unsettling for many of our employees, customers and partners around the world. Our employees continue to focus on supporting the medical and science professionals who are attempting to treat, research and create vaccines in the fight against this new virus. The welfare of our employees, customers and partners remains paramount, and our thoughts continue to be with everyone in all affected regions.

Every day our 8,000 employees work to support the valuable work carried out by researchers, doctors and nurses around the world. To minimise the effects on our employees and the potential to spread the virus, we have implemented a range of measures for our employees in different office locations around the world.

We have stopped all non-essential travel and asked all our employees to follow hygiene and government recommendations, to practice social distancing and self-isolate if feeling unwell and where possible, we encourage our staff to work virtually to stay connected to customers and colleagues...Read more


It's an exciting time to work at Elsevier

It is an exciting time to work at Elsevier. Join us to change the course of knowledge exchange, discovery and decision. Our expertise and innovation shape everything we do, from the amazing technology that drives our leading-edge platforms to the cutting-edge content that fuels them.

Be a part of a team that helps its customers create the future. We build the technology that unlocks the value of content in health, science, and technology - working amongst the best minds in the business makes all the difference.

Our people

As a provider of innovative solutions in a dynamic industry that’s constantly evolving, a day in the life of an Elsevier employee is anything but boring!

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    Covid 19 support for employees, customers and partners is superb.
    Great understanding and empathy shown. Working from home was made easy. Free Headspace app provided to all employees, wellness - daily 20-min twice a day meditation sessions available to all staff and a free coronavirus information centre for everyone online. Great place to work during this pandemic period. No problems.


    None right now, just loving the value the business provides.

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    Keep supporting your employees through Covid 19.

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Elsevier Photos

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Elsevier photo of: Elsevier Employees in the Philadelphia Office got together to raise some money in October in support of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House #ShowYourStripes @philarmh
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Elsevier photo of: Twelve Elsevier employees have completed a grueling cycle ride from London to Paris and back raising some money to make a real difference to the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK
Elsevier photo of: Our Oxford (UK) based employees held a 'gymathon' event to raise funds for Crohn's and Colitis UK
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    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Elsevier.


    A long process. It started by applying online and then they asked me to take a logic exam online. Then I had a competency exam followed by two more phone calls and other online assessments. They kept in contact the entire time and were speedy in responses.

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Elsevier Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, 2020
  • Best Brand Ambassador Programme, Employer Brand Management Awards Europe, 2019, 2019
  • Best Employer Brand Management from the Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Sector, Employer Brand Management Awards Europe, 2019, 2020
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