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 Santa Cruz, 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.
What the agreement means for UC authors
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, and staff at UCSC 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 percent discount on the APC.
Building on success
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 Berkeley (including the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Davis, San Diego, UCLA and UCSF 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.