Skip to Main Content

Open Access Agreements: Wiley


Wiley and Carnegie Mellon University Sign Agreement to Make Research More Widely Accessible

December 16, 2021 – Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a three-year open access agreement with Carnegie Mellon University, a renowned research university in the United States. The agreement will enable Carnegie Mellon’s researchers the ability to publish all accepted articles open access in Wiley journals, meaning that they are freely available to read and share upon publication. This agreement marks a critical step in the university’s open access journey, expanding the reach of the research published by its distinguished faculty, most notably including forward-looking fields of study such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation. “We’re excited to join Carnegie Mellon in advancing its open access journey, and bring findings from its leading academics to the global community,” said Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Wiley Research Publishing.

“This agreement with Wiley advances our strategic approach to make information available, understandable and impactful beyond the university,” said Keith Webster, the Helen and Henry Posner, Jr. Dean of University Libraries and director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives. “By leading and championing efforts in open access, Carnegie Mellon University creates opportunities for people everywhere to discover, access and use scholarly work.” This agreement builds on many similar agreements Wiley has negotiated, including with other US-based institutions in Iowa and Virginia, as well as with organizations across the globe.


Who is eligible for the Wiley open access publishing option?

Beginning January 1, 2022, research articles with a corresponding author from CMU accepted in Wiley hybrid journals will be made openly available in perpetuity at the time of publication at no cost to the authors. For OA in Wiley Gold journals, the article needs to be communicated on or after Jan 1st, 2022

Will I continue to have access to the Wiley journal articles I read?
Under the new agreements, CMU faculty and students will continue to receive unrestricted access to all Wiley journals and online resources during the three-year term as per regular terms of use.

Why does CMU encourage its researchers to publish their work open access?
If you publish your paper Open Access, you retain your rights as an author, and your work is immediately accessible to anyone. We encourage authors to choose a Creative Commons license. According to recent studies, 75% of OA articles get more citations than their non-OA equivalents, receiving on average 30-50% more citations!

How will my article be open access?
Corresponding Authors will have the option to select the rights assignment option of their choice to retain the copyright to their article, provide Wiley with an exclusive license to publish their article, to make their published article shareable via the use of a Creative Commons license, with CC-BY (CC-BY 4.0, CC-BY-NC 4.0, CC-BY-ND 4.0, and CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0) as the option.

How does this new agreement affect the existing open access funding available through the Libraries' Article Processing Charge (APC) fund?
If a CMU author is the corresponding author on a research article in the Wiley journals, they will have the choice to publish in Wiley Gold Open Access or Wiley hybrids journals with no extra fee charged to the author.

How will this new agreement provide flexibility to accommodate all CMU authors, whether they want to publish open access or not?
The agreement provides the option for CMU corresponding authors to publish their articles open access. Authors who do not want to publish open access may opt-out and publish their articles as subscription-only behind the journal’s paywall, as they have the option to do now.

 How does this new agreement affect me serving as a reviewer or editor for Wiley journals?
Your ability to choose which journals to review and edit will not be affected.

Can I continue to publish in the journal or conference of my choice once the new agreement is in effect?
Your ability to choose where to publish your research will not be affected. Authors may continue to publish in and support any journal of their choice.

We're Here to Help!

If you have questions about Open Access, from finding open materials to publishing and sharing your research, the Libraries can help. Reach out to: