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Wiley aren’t mentioning self-archiving… funny that

March 12th, 2013 | Posted by rmounce in Open Access

I just got forwarded this email. (Names, Dates & email addresses have been removed or replaced).

I’m extremely concerned about this and thus am republishing this email to draw attention to it. Wiley are really pushing their expensive hybrid Open Access option ‘Online Open‘ that does not represent value for money in my opinion – it’s US$3000 for most journals which is rather a lot.

Of course they are welcome to advertise this option but it’s rather disingenuous in my opinion to make NO mention whatsoever to authors that there are other means of compliance e.g. the ‘green’ route to open access (self-archiving). If we’re not careful some UK academics may assume they must publish via the gold open access route to be RCUK-compliant, especially if they are bombarded with emails like this from all the major corporate publishers! Not cool…

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Journal X complies with the Open Access policies of
RCUK and Wellcome Trust
From: Person at Wiley Journal X
To: Person X


Dear Person X:

As an author who has submitted a paper to Journal X we wanted to let you know that from 1st April 2013 you will be given the choice to publish under a Creative Commons ‘Attribution’ license (CC-BY) license when using OnlineOpen, the open access option for the journal. This will ensure that if you are funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Wellcome Trust you can continue to comply with their open access policies. The option to publish Online Open is offered post-acceptance, outside the peer-review process.

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) and The Wellcome Trust (WT) have recently announced new open access policies, effective from 1 April 2013. Both policies state that to be compliant, journals must offer a “pay to publish” (gold OA) option. When an article publication charge is paid the policies also mandate the use of the Creative Commons ‘Attribution’ license (CC-BY). The CC-BY license allows others to modify, build upon and/or distribute the licensed work (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author is credited.

Are you funded by RCUK or the Wellcome Trust?

To comply with your funder’s open access policies now and beyond 1st April 2013 you can select Wiley OnlineOpen.

OnlineOpen offers:

1. Publication in your first choice journal
2. Open access to articles: freely available on Wiley Online Library, PubMed Central and UKPMC
3. Authors retain copyright and get the choice to publish under a CC-BY License
4. Compliance with requirements of the Wellcome Trust, RCUK and the other UKPMC Funders (see for list of funders.)

To keep up-to-date, please use the following link to sign up to receive future OnlineOpen emails:

Covering the cost of open access

With OnlineOpen the author, their funding agency, or institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. WT and RCUK are providing UK research institutions with funds to pay for article publication charges via a block allocation to support their new open access policies. This is in addition to the funding provided by the UK government to the top 30 UK research-intensive institutions to help cover the article publication charges associated with open access publishing.

In addition, Wiley has set up payment accounts with a number of UK institutions. Authors affiliated with, or funded by, an organization that has a Wiley Open Access Account can publish without directly paying any publication charges:

It is therefore advised that authors funded by the RCUK or the Wellcome Trust check with their institution regarding this available funding to pay for OnlineOpen.

More information about OnlineOpen, CC-BY licence and open access policies of the RCUK and the Wellcome Trust can be found on these websites:

  • Wiley also have very restrictive policies with respect to the green route to open access. They mostly only allow authors to self-archive their submitted versions/pre-prints of journal articles. From a publisher with such a large portfolio that spans so many disciplines, this is very hard to understand.

  • I’ve just seen that more than two years later Wiley’s page on OA policies still repeats an important inaccuracy from the above letter:

    The Research Councils UK’s new open access policy states that compliant journals must offer a “pay to publish” (gold OA) option.

    I think the RCUK policy clearly states (on page 2) that a journal is compliant if it offers either gold or green OA (it even has the word “Or,” on a line all by itself so that you can’t miss it!).

    Of course, in reality, Wiley chooses the embargo periods such that journals indeed only comply with RCUK via gold OA, but that is a deliberate evasion of green OA from Wiley (and of course many other publishers) that shouldn’t be confused with an incorrect claim that RCUK only considers a journal compliant if it has a gold OA option.