As of March 15, the University of California (UC) has entered into a one-year open access pilot with Wiley. The agreement provides researchers at all ten UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with a 15% discount on article processing charges (APCs) for publishing open access with Wiley.
The pilot also makes open access the default option for articles published in Wiley journals by corresponding authors at five UC campuses — Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz — and the UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the APC for those authors. These authors will be asked to pay the remainder of the open access fee if they have research funds 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 agreement also provides all ten UC campuses with unlimited reading access to the full portfolio of Wiley journals.
By piloting UC’s shared funding model (described above) with just five UC campuses, the agreement allows UC and Wiley to test the multipayer payment workflow for open access before exploring the potential for a broader transformative agreement with Wiley in the future, including all 10 campuses.
As with most of UC’s other open access agreements, this pilot agreement is designed to: (1) support UC’s mission as a public university and advance the global shift toward sustainable open access publishing by making more UC-authored publications open to the world, and (2) maintain journal affordability. Also consistent with UC’s approach to its other open access publisher agreements, the UC libraries are redirecting subscription funds to help cover open access publishing fees for UC authors who publish in Wiley journals.
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