Please note that all ads that do not meet these specs will be converted, which may result in loss of text or images.
Elsevier shall not be liable for any errors made by the customer, it is the responsibility of the customer to comply with the
PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4 compatibility)
PDF/X-1a (Coated FOGRA39)
Black & White
Greyscale (No reference to RGB, ICC, CMYK or any other colour space)
CMYK (no RGB, ICC or other colour space)
Embedded within PDF file
Do not include these. The trim box settings must be set correctly and this indicates what the crop area is.
Trim Box Setting
Identical to trim size of journal and this must be set when providing full page adverts.
See Mechanical data
Bleed is necessary when the background colour should print off the edge of the paper. If the bleed allowance is not included a small white margin may appear on the advert. The bleed box setting must be correctly set. Do also ensure that the preferred live area is adhered to.
Non Bleed Advert
Non bleed adverts are made with a white background. The correct trim box must be set and the preferred live area should be adhered to (see below).
Live Area Full Page
Live area is the recommended size to ensure important information is not chopped off during the trim and bind process. If you have vital information (e.g. contact details) that is too close to the edge of the page you run the risk that essential information may be lost. Please adhere to the recommended live area below.
The trim box does not need to be set for fractional page adverts but the advert sizes below should be adhered to.
Double Page Spread
Double Page Spread. Supply as 2 single pages.
No Open Prepress Interface (OPI) information to be included in the PDF.
Total ink coverage of flat CMYK color must not be larger than 300%.
Password: your email address
Go to Elsevier-in and artwork should be placed in the APD folder.
Please note: when placing the artwork file on the FTP site, the file name must not contain any spaces.
Files may be placed there by using drag & drop.
For Macintosh users the fetch option should be used.
Loose Inserts: These are inserted in the issue after it is bound. Issues are then individually polywrapped before mailing so that the inserts do not fall out. Also referred to as loose-leaf inserts.
Bound Inserts: These are bound in to the issue at the binding stage.
Insert Sizes: Loose inserts must be smaller than the trim size of the journal; i.e. if the trim size is 210x280 mm (8x11 inches) the insert should be 200x270 mm (10cm = 3.9inches). If they are larger, they must be folded before they reach Elsevier. Bound inserts must be larger than the trim size; i.e. for a journal with a trim size of 210x280 mm (8x11 inches), the bounds insert must be 220x305 mm; i.e. with a 20 mm head trim and 5 mm trim each on the bottom, left and right sides. The recommended weight of paper is at least 150 gsm, but no more than 250 gsm (US paper grade #135-170).
Disposition of Reproduction Materials
Advertising material will be destroyed 12 months after printing unless instructed otherwise.
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