This is What Open Access Looks Like!

Wiley and the University of California today announced a one-year pilot agreement that makes it more affordable for UC authors to publish open access in Wiley journals, making their articles freely available for anyone to read. 

Corresponding authors at all ten UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who publish open access articles in Wiley journals from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 will receive a 15 percent discount on the open access fee (also known as an article processing charge, or APC). 

For authors at five campuses, including UC Santa Barbara, open access will be the default option, and the UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the discounted open access fee. As with most of UC’s other open access agreements, these authors will be asked to pay the remainder of the open access fee if they have research funds available to do so; those who do not have research funds available for this purpose can request full funding of the APC from the libraries.

The limited scope of this one-year pilot will allow Wiley to develop and test the multi-payer system before exploring the potential for a broader agreement in the future including all 10 campuses.

The agreement covers articles published in all Wiley journals, including both hybrid (subscription-based) and fully open access journals.

Authors who published an article earlier in 2022 will be contacted by Wiley and offered the opportunity to take advantage of the open access options offered under the pilot agreement.  

The agreement also provides UC students, faculty, researchers, and healthcare professionals with unlimited reading access to the full portfolio of Wiley journals.

For more detail about the agreement please see the overview of the Wiley open access agreement on the UC Office of Scholarly Communication website.