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Expanded UC Open Access Agreement with Wiley

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April 12, 2023
By Cheryl Baltes


The University of California announced today an expansion of the university’s open access agreement with Wiley, one of the world’s largest publishers. Building on the success of a 2022 pilot agreement at five UC campuses, including UC Irvine, researchers at all 10 UC campuses will now receive funding support to publish open access, making significantly more UC research freely available to people around the world.


Under the 2023 agreement, the UC libraries will continue to pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee, or article processing charge (APC), for faculty, students, staff and clinicians at UCI who publish in any of Wiley’s more than 1,600 journals. The libraries will pay the entire APC for authors who wish to make their work freely available but do not have research funds available. UC authors also receive a 15% discount on the APC.


This shared funding model proved successful in the first year of the pilot between UC and Wiley. On the five campuses that participated in 2022 — Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz — the number of open access articles published in Wiley journals increased nearly three-fold compared with previous years.

Bringing in the Berkeley (including the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Davis, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco campuses will quadruple the amount of UC research covered under the agreement — putting UC on track for an even greater number of open access articles in 2023. Ten percent of all UC research is published in Wiley journals.

The expanded systemwide pilot agreement covers an unlimited number of UC-authored articles published in Wiley journals in 2023.


For more details about the agreement, please visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communication website or contact Mitchell Brown, UCI Libraries Scholarly Communications Coordinator and Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science, and Russian Studies, mcbrown@uci.edu.