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 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.