Jisc and Wiley strike UK’s most comprehensive open access agreement

The pioneering arrangement will accelerate open access publishing

Jisc, the UK’s research and education non-profit that arranges licences and digital content agreements on behalf of higher education institutes, and Wiley online library have struck a four year ‘read and publish’ deal that gives UK university researchers open access publishing in every Wiley journal at no cost.

In line with the agreement, the proportion of open access articles published by UK researchers will grow from 27% to around 85% in year one, with the potential to reach 100% by 2022. As part of the deal, universities will also be able to access all of Wiley’s research journals.

This impactful arrangement will allow institutions to control the cost of open access publishing, while also supporting a streamlined authoring process. The deal kicks off this month, and all Jisc member institutions and researchers are eligible. The contract will be made publicly available from 31 March, 2020.

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“This new agreement is a step-change in the transition to open access to UK research,” said Liam Earney, executive director for digital resources at Jisc. “This agreement offers all universities within the consortium, regardless of how much or how little they publish, an opportunity to rapidly transition toward full and immediate open access in a financially suitable way. But it also recognises the importance of access to research materials for students and researchers generally, enabling all universities to access more Wiley content than ever before.”

Judy Verses, executive vice president of Wiley commented: “We are proud to have supported an OA model with Jisc over the past five years in the UK, which is a global leader in driving the transition to open access. By reaching this agreement, Wiley will further accelerate OA in the UK, reinforcing our commitment to keeping our customers at the centre of what we do.”

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