Christine Thomsen
Christine Thomsen
Marketing Manager, Author Marketing, Wiley

Today marks the start of Open Access Week 2015, and it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on some milestones from the last year, and also look ahead to the future.

Open Access to Research

Gold Open Access

We’ve launched several new open access journals over the past year, bringing our total of fully open access journals to 54, with 8 more expected to launch or convert from subscription to open access by the beginning of 2016. Advanced Science, part of the recognized Advanced Materials journal family, launched in December 2014 and publishes premium research from all areas of science. We were recently pleased to announce the launch of our newest open access journal, Global Challenges. This unique journal is dedicated to creating a global, collaborative community to deliberate some of the modern world’s greatest challenges, bringing together science, technology and the social sciences to identify viable solutions to ensure that research informs policy. Watch the launch video here.

New and existing society partnerships afforded us new opportunities to publish several new open access journals on behalf of these partners. This includes the Journal of Interdisciplinary Nanomedicine from the British Society for Nanomedicine, Ecosphere and Ecosystem Health and Sustainability from The Ecological Society of America (joining January 2016), and FEBS Open Bio from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (also joining January 2016).

OA Week Infographic.pngEarlier this year, we announced a policy to adjust subscription prices for any shift from subscription-funded articles to pay-to-publish open access articles. UK library consortium Jisc Collections has partnered with us to pilot offsetting agreements for articles published on an open access basis. The pilot agreement gives institutions funding both subscription and open access publication charges credits to be used on article publication charges.

Open Access Policy Compliance

With the ever increasing number of policies and mandates for open access, we’ve worked to simplify the process of compliance for our authors through the creation of various tools. Our new Open Access Policy Finder enables authors to check the details of their Funder or Institution’s open access policy, as well as to determine whether their payments are covered by one of our 69 Wiley Open Access Accounts. Our green and gold open access navigation maps guide authors through the open access publishing route, depending on their funder requirements.

As the adoption of open access continues to increase, we’ve seen several funders announce new policies for research they fund. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s recently announced Open Access policy requires funded authors to publish under the most recent version of the CC-BY license. As of January 1, 2017, papers funded by Gates must be openly available immediately with no embargo period. Gates-funded authors can comply with the new policy when publishing in the majority of journals in Wiley's open access program (including OnlineOpen) which offer authors the opportunity to publish their articles under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY license.

Wiley has rolled out a new Funder Picker tool, using FundRef, an initiative of CrossRef.org. This allows authors to provide us with information on the funder(s) supporting their research during the manuscript submission process, and will minimize the time authors have to spend on administrative tasks around funding compliance and self-archiving further down the publication process.

Wiley sends all appropriate gold open access articles to PubMed Central. With green open access Wiley supports its authors by posting the accepted versions of articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance by the journal. Beginning this September we are fully automating this process so it’s more efficient, with less room for error. Our systems will automatically select and convert articles into the correct format and send them to PubMed Central, providing a better service to authors and the funders supporting the research.

Green Open Access

Wiley is a founding member of CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States). CHORUS was established to assist authors receiving funding from US Federal Government agencies in complying with Public Access mandates. CHORUS saves authors the administrative burden of self-archiving by ensuring that their manuscript is made available on Wiley Online Library after an embargo period.

Through CHORUS, we currently support authors funded by the US Department of Energy (USDoE), and Smithsonian Institution by making the accepted version of your article freely available on Wiley Online Library 12 months after publication online, in accordance with the Public Access Plan. We expect other agencies to follow in the next 12 months, with a number of governments around the world interested in exploring future opportunities with CHORUS.

Open Research Data

Our focus is on improving communication, understanding and transparency of research by making its wider outputs- data, code and other artefacts- openly available. Our first step is to migrate data from supplemental material to a central position in research articles. We already support very successful data sharing efforts with the Dryad Digital Repository and recently announced a partnership with figshare that will make it easy for authors to upload data and associated materials during familiar manuscript submission, review and publication processes. As a consequence of these and future repository integrations, data, code and other information are made freely available under a CC0 license in repositories suited to that content. Wiley will support the service by introducing new data sharing requirements to many of our journals and by including a new ‘data accessibility’ statement in articles so that readers can easily find the openly available research materials and authors can demonstrate that they have complied with journal or funder requirements.

Open recognition and reward

Wiley is a big supporter of ORCiD, a unique identifier that ensures an author’s work is unambiguously attributed and discoverable by all, and through our partnership with Kudos, we give authors tools to measure, monitor and maximize the impact of their research. The Altmetric service has been introduced across our journals so that the wider impact of the articles we publish is visible, and we are one of very few publishers engaged in a pilot with Publons to give researchers credit for their peer review activity. We will continue to add policy and publishing innovations that contribute to greater openness and recognition, and dig a bit deeper into this area in this blog post.

Open collaboration

In 2015, we worked on a number of international initiatives with many different stakeholders. This includes collaborating with the European Commission to support their Open Science agenda. Colleagues at Wiley participated in a number of workshops and conferences, including:

• European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation’s Open Science conference, June 2015
• Expert meeting Open Access – preparing for the Dutch EU Presidency Brussels, June 2015
• Alternative Open Access Publishing Models: Exploring New Territories in Scholarly Communication, Brussels on 12 October 2015.

Open on the horizon

With more than 700K registered global users and more than 1.3MM visits in 2014, our Author Services site is at the forefront of the author experience. We are pleased to announce that a new design is currently in the works and is expected to launch early in 2016. The new Author Services will further improve the author experience, including a better visual look and feel, easier, faster navigation and improved performance.

We are working closely with our society partners and leading thinkers in open research on defining the semantic, data-enriched article of the future; where tables, figures, data and narrative are collated and stored as structured data using open web standards for markup that allows us to ingest and store content in semantically described micro-formats.

Our recent initiatives culminate to fulfill one defining mission: To increase the reach and breadth of quality scholarly content. We continue to strive to improve the author experience with the hopes of creating dynamic opportunities for future collaborations.

    Mary Kate Stopa
Mary Kate Stopa
Library Services, Wiley

plane2.jpgEach year there are hundreds of library conferences covering a variety of topics. They give librarians across the world a chance to meet each other and share their ideas. While they benefit all librarians, they are of special value to early career librarians.

I recently spoke to Emma O’Hagan about her experience as an early career medical librarian at Western Michigan University. Her insights revealed just how important conferences can be to early career librarians.

One of the overarching themes in Emma’s responses was the chance conferences give librarians to step out of the bubble of their own libraries. Early in their careers, they may only have experience working at one library or one type of library.

“It’s easy early in your career to do things exactly like other people in your library,” Emma said. “I mimicked my fellow reference librarians and their instruction styles pretty heavily in the first year or two. You need someone to guide you, but there comes a point where you have to start thinking about what works best for you. I think that’s one of the main reasons to attend conferences early in your career, you can see how other people are doing things.

“The first time I went to the MLA meeting I think I’d been a librarian for just a year or two and I got some new ideas about instruction that served me well.”

The exchange of ideas and perspectives at conferences also helps librarians solve problems. “I work in a very small library and it’s easy to get stuck on just one possible solution to a problem,” Emma said. “I think this can be true at larger libraries as well, especially if there isn’t a lot of turn-over.”

Of course, vendors often unveil their latest products and services at conferences. “At Charleston I always seem to learn about a great new product. Browzine, Altmetric, Kudos, Mendeley, I think I got my first look at all of these in Charleston.” said Emma “Even if isn’t something we’re not going to use at my library, I still want to know about it.” No matter what technologies their libraries use, conferences keep librarians current with industry trends.

Conferences also provide early career librarians with an opportunity to set out on the path to thought leadership. Emma explained that “submitting a poster abstract isn’t nearly as intimidating as writing a full article which may end up being rejected in the peer-review process. Obviously, it’s also a great way to start meeting other people in your field, outside your own institution and if you can start with something small like a poster or a shorter talk then sometimes that turns into something else – an editor might approach you about turning it into an article or you might be asked to participate in a panel.”

Despite all of the benefits of conferences, it can be difficult to obtain funding to attend and costs add up quickly. “I’ve been lucky to work at libraries where there’s been enough funding for me to attend at least one conference per year,” said Emma, but this is not the case for all early career librarians. If there is funding available, it may only be for a local or state conference instead of the more popular national conferences.

In order to show our support of the library community and make it possible for more early career librarians to attend conferences, Wiley has launched the first ever Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians. The scholarship is a $1,500 reimbursement grant that early career librarians can use towards attending ALA Midwinter, ER&L, MLA, SLA, or ALA Annual.

The competition is open to all academic and research librarians in the first five years of their career. This can also include Library and Information Science students who are working towards their Master’s Degree in the field.

To apply, you must answer a short questionnaire and upload a résumé or CV along with an interview you conduct with an academic or research librarian. Applicants must think of five to seven questions to ask about the changing role of librarians. We encourage you to present the interview in a creative format. From written transcript to podcast to video, we will accept all submissions.

To learn more and apply to the Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians, visit our website. We look forward to receiving your submissions and learning about your library!

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    Gina Wisker
Gina Wisker
Professor, Brighton University

wedding+rings2.jpgThe supervisor/student relationship is not always a happy story. Running supervision and doctoral student workshops in several countries, I hear of as many problematic relationships and derailed (at least temporarily) supervisor/student research journeys as I do successful ones.
Postgraduates and supervisors speak of: lack of direction, unclear expectations at the start of the PhD journey, neglect and absence, lacking, unclear or personally damaging feedback on work, lack of challenge and confirmation of achievement, lack of support for writing development.

A few thoughts:

Getting started

Establish what kind of a relationship it is and make it work.  This is a personal/professional relationship that could last from three years onwards and, if you decide to be an academic researcher beyond the PhD, you could be co-writing, co-researching and co-delivering at conferences well after gaining your PhD. Should you work in business, science or the public sector, you might seek out your supervisor as a consultant.  These academic working relationships have the potential to be fruitful, enjoyable, intellectually demanding and rewarding.

Ground rules and managing expectations

Initiate discussions about how the supervisory relationship will work in practice and what is expected of you as a doctoral student. This includes discussing regularity of supervision, location, timing, pre-work, staged work, accessibility, when and where you meet, and what work to send in advance. Develop an agenda for discussing work and let your supervisor know how helpful it would be if constructive feedback is returned before you meet.  Set up clear schedule expectations and ask them when they are happy to be contacted about small issues, quick questions or longer conceptual or institutional issues.  If your supervisor initiates these structure relations and clarifies expectations and responsibilities, that’s excellent. If he/she does not, then you need to politely initiate and seek clarification, so that once the structure and expectations are in place, you can get on with the work.

Getting on with your supervisors

Not everyone who supervises doctoral students is naturally oriented towards close nurturing and managing structured relationships, the ones which I believe work best.  Some researchers and academics who become supervisors are very focused on their own research work, quite shy personally, and unaccustomed to the organized, managed, and stimulating behaviors needed in successful supervision.  My advice in these scenarios is to try and work out what kind of supervisor(s) you have, so you can learn when to prompt, ask questions, and share personal information.  If you have more than one supervisor (which is now common) ideally they should work as a team, and together you all can decide whether you should be supervised by both together or separately. Some advisors might not work well together, so if you find yourself caught between contradictory advice, ask for clarification without setting one against the other.


Doctoral research learning has its own behaviors, interactions and language which need to be recognized and managed. You will be expected to think critically and develop ideas. You need to listen, question, analyze, and communicate in the form of a theorized, evidence-based argument in spoken and written form.

For students from learning cultures which differ from that of the supervisor, or the institution, such clarification and established ways of interacting are even more essential. Sometimes assertiveness, politeness, deference, confusion with ‘insider’ research language, expectations of researchers, and cultural and institutional norms which differ from your own can lead to awkward miscommunications.

Ask if you don’t know

If you don’t understand a term or the expectations of pieces of work, ask.   If you do not fully understand different behaviors and expectations, ask your supervisor, and ask other students. All students, and particularly those from another culture from that of the supervisor or the institution, can spend a long time puzzling over terms, behaviors, and expectations, seek clarity, ask and work it out together.

Get writing early on

Much can be made manageable if interactions and expectations are all made clear.  Ask for models of successful work, obviously don’t copy them, but look at the structuring of the work, the way argument, theory, story, evidence, and data are woven in to a written thesis to make a case for the ways this work makes a contribution to knowledge. Identify how the use of literature works in a dialogue with the new work, the ways in which methodology and method are argued for, and the ways in which other students deal with problems and develop writing rhythms.


You are not just dependent on your own supervisor. Entering a research journey is also about entering a world-wide research community. Your supervisor is the first point of contact, but you also can talk in person or online with other students, people who write in your field, other researchers and with university services such as the library staff. Many problems can be solved if you talk to others who have been researching in the university community a little longer than you. While there should be a clear strategy of working with your supervisors at the start of your research journey, other communities could be essential should things go wrong. Both the formal institutional system and the informal research learning community are there to augment the support provided by a supervisor. Make the most of research groups, informal study opportunities, or people you meet at conferences who are working in similar areas.

Many students experience issues with supervisors even if the supervisors are unaware they are contributing to problems. Issues range from the over attentive supervisor to the ‘absent’ supervisor who rarely directs or engages with your work. As an increasingly autonomous researcher, you will need to develop a clear sense of where your work is going, what help you need, how to manage your own research and writing as well as your supervisor. Hopefully you will get this professional relationship right and your research work and life will run as smoothly as possible.

Further information:

Wisker, G (2008) The Postgraduate Research Handbook. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Wisker, G (2012) The Good Supervisor . London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Wisker, G (2015) ‘PhD students: what to do if you don’t work well with your supervisor’ The Guardian

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    Kelly Neubeiser
Kelly Neubeiser
Author Marketing, Wiley

Nobel+medal.jpgSince its inauguration in 1901, the Nobel Prize has been the pinnacle of lifetime accomplishments, awarding in the fields of chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, physics, economics, literature and peace. The coveted honor recognizes those who have devoted their life to bettering the scientific and educational landscape. At Wiley, where the dissemination of quality research is at the company’s core, we are dedicated to valuing our authors who strive to uphold these ideals.Besides groundbreaking achievements, what do six of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates have in common? They've served as authors for Wiley books and journals.

Wiley is grateful for the opportunity to publish so many exceptional researchers, and we are very proud to have these laureates as part of our author community.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Dr. Tomas Lindahl, Professor Paul Mordrich, and Professor Aziz Sancar for discovering multiple DNA repair processes.

Originally from Sweden, Dr. Tomas Lindahl’s  is currently the Emeritus group leader at the Francis Crick Institute and the Emeritus director of the Clare Hall Laboratory, both of Hertfordshire in the UK. Lindahl’s experience with Wiley spans over four decades, when he first published an article in the European Journal of Biochemistry in 1971. His article, Base Excision Repair, was featured in the comprehensive Encyclopedia of Molecular Medicine, which describes a process cited as part of his Nobel Prize work.

Dr. Paul Modrich, Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University, discovered a repair mechanism that corrects wrongly combined base pairs in DNA. Dr. Modrich authored a paper on "mismatch repair" for The EMBO journal

After studying at the Istanbul University of Turkey and gaining his PhD at the University of Texas, Dr. Sancar now serves as the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina. Sancar has written extensively for the Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology, offering insight on DNA repair , recombinational repair, base excision repair and more. More recently, he co-authored an article, DNA Damage: Repair in the Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015
This year, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Professor William C. Campbell and Professor Satoshi Ōmura for their work combatting infections caused by roundworm parasites and to Professor Youyou Tu for her discoveries in novel therapy against Malaria.

The Emeritus Professor at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, Professor William C. Campbell's research is primarily focused on parasitology and chemotherapy of parasitic infections. Satoshi Ōmura, inaugural Max Tishler Professor of Chemistry at Wesleyan University, is known for his research in Bioorganic Chemistry. Campbell used one of Ōmura’s bacteria cultures to discover a new antiparasitic compound.

Campbell’s antiparasitic work has been published in Medicinal Research Reviews. Ōmura has coauthored a number of Wiley articles, most recently for The European Journal of Organic Chemistry .

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015
Professor Takaaki Kajita and Professor Arthur B. McDonald are the joint recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Their revolutionary experiments prove that neutrinos have mass, which contradicts the Standard Model of particle physics.

Professor McDonald was the author of the article Future Solar Neutrino Experiments published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

The Nobel Prize in Economics 2015
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences to Professor Angus Deaton. Deaton is recognized “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare”. Listen to his reaction to the news here.

Deaton is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he has been teaching since 1983. His research is credited with transforming the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics and development economics. Deaton has written for three Wiley journals about topics ranging from cash transfers to the elderly in South Africa to empirical microeconomics.

To access free content from this year’s Nobel Prize winners in the sciences, please visit the individual announcements from ChemistryViews


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