Jisc and Wiley agree four-year open access agreement

The transitional content agreement means UK universities now have free access to thousands of journal titles

The UK’s “most extensive” ‘read and publish’ agreement has been reached, offering researchers four years open access (OA) publishing in some of the world’s biggest journals.

Jisc, the not-for-profit digital education organisation, struck the licensing and content deal with Wiley on behalf of UK universities.

The agreement means institutions and their users can access all of Wiley’s journals. It also means researchers can publish in more than 2,000 journals at no cost.

The announcement will enable institutions to control the costs of access and OA publishing. It will also support a simplified process for authors and their institutions, enabling compliance with funder mandates and Plan S, a campaign to remove paywalls from scientific publishing.

This agreement offers all universities within the consortium, regardless of how much or little they publish, an opportunity to rapidly transition toward full and immediate open access
– Liam Earney, Jisc

Jisc predicts the proportion of OA articles published by UK researchers will increase from 27% to 85% in the first year of the new agreement, with the potential to reach 100% by 2022.

Liam Earney, executive director for digital resources at Jisc, said: “This new agreement is a step-change in the transition to open access to UK research.

“This agreement offers all universities within the consortium, regardless of how much or little they publish, an opportunity to rapidly transition toward full and immediate open access in a financially sustainable 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 before.”

Judy Verses, executive vice president, Wiley Research said: “We are proud to have supported an OA model with Jisc over the past 5 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 center of what we do.”

The agreement begins in March 2020.


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