Jisc, UK institutions, and Wiley renew open access agreement

Wiley, a global leader in research and learning, has renewed its “read and publish” transitional agreement (TA) with Jisc, which offers researchers at UK universities open access (OA) publishing in all Wiley journals at no cost to them.

The renewed agreement provides unrestricted OA publishing in Wiley’s hybrid journals for eligible authors and includes a “gold fund” for publishing in fully OA journals, calculated to cover all anticipated eligible publishing.

Workflow improvements mean it is easier for authors required to publish under the CC-BY (creative commons attribution) license to comply with their funder’s OA policy.

The deal also continues to provide read access to Wiley’s full journal database and has removed additional fees for upgrades to include new subscription titles.

Caren Milloy, director of licensing at Jisc, says: “This improved agreement means that approximately 10,000 UK research articles can be published immediately OA and be free to reuse. We are pleased that Wiley has responded to sector feedback and agreed to explore some of the questions raised by UK universities during negotiations with Jisc, including ways to improve transparency of publisher offerings and pricing.”

Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Wiley Research Publishing said: “It’s an immense pleasure to build on our years of work with Jisc to make ever-more research open access and to support the thousands of UK scholars in advancing knowledge discovery.”

The new deal is a two-year agreement ending on 31 December 2025, shortened to allow a flexible and dynamic response to the outcome of the Jisc-led critical review of transitional agreements and future requirements for OA agreements in the UK. All Jisc member institutions are eligible to sign up.