BTAA Wiley Open Access Agreement

BTAA Wiley Open Access Agreement

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Participating BTAA libraries have reached an agreement with Wiley for a one-year contract extension with an Open Access option, as a pilot in collective action toward the Big Collection. This agreement begins on February 1, 2022, and runs through December 31, 2022. Over the course of 2022, BTAA will work toward a future agreement with Wiley. 

Journal Access

This agreement extends BTAA’s Wiley Online Database Model contract for another year. Participating libraries’ access to Wiley journals will not change, and they will see a 0% increase over the subscription fees they paid for the 2021 calendar year.

Open Access Publishing Opportunities

A new Open Access (OA) publishing addendum supports Open Access publishing in Wiley hybrid journals. Eligible authors from participating institutions* may publish OA in Wiley hybrid journals at no cost to themselves, up to a capped number of OA article credits per institution. Each participating institution’s number of OA credits equals 65% of the number of articles published by its authors in Wiley hybrid journals in 2020. Once an institution has fully used its OA article credits, its authors are eligible for a 10% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) in any Wiley hybrid journal. To qualify for these OA options, an article must be accepted in a Wiley hybrid journal between February 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

Choosing to make an article OA is part of the Wiley publishing workflow. Once an article has been accepted in a Wiley hybrid journal, the corresponding author may opt to make it OA. If the corresponding author indicates an affiliation with a participating BTAA member institution, it will be submitted to their library for eligibility approval. Eligibility requirements for OA publishing vary per participating university. 

Participating Institutions

University of Illinois
Indiana University
University of Iowa
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Northwestern University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Chicago


I’m a corresponding author at a participating institution. What do I need to do to publish Open Access at no cost to me under this agreement?

Choosing to make an article OA is part of the Wiley publishing workflow. Once your article has been accepted in a Wiley hybrid journal, upon logging into the Wiley Author Dashboard, you will see the option to make it OA. As part of Wiley’s OA request workflow, you must indicate your institutional affiliation with a BTAA institution. Once you request OA, it will be submitted to your library for eligibility approval. If your library approves your request, your article will be published OA at no cost to you. 

You must accept the offer to make your article OA at the time your article is accepted for publication.  Your article is no longer eligible once it is published in Early View or In Issue online.

Is my article eligible?

Eligible publications have a corresponding author from a participating BTAA institution, are primary research and review articles (which may include original articles, case studies, reviews, and short communications), and are accepted for publication in a Wiley hybrid journal between February 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022. Each institution may determine additional eligibility requirements. Please contact your library with questions about article eligibility.

Which Wiley journals are eligible?

All Wiley hybrid journals (subscription-based journals that offer an open access option) are eligible for this agreement. Wiley's fully open access journals are not eligible. 

Why is my article not eligible?

BTAA’s contract with Wiley is complex, and agreements that offer no cost for authors are still relatively new.  We needed to place some limits on the agreement to make it workable. 

My institution receives a certain number of article credits. How was that number calculated? 

Each participating BTAA institution’s number of credits for OA at no cost to the author is equal to 65% of its total number of articles published in Wiley hybrid journals in 2020.

Why don’t I see an option to publish in a hybrid journal at no cost to me under this agreement? 

If you are a corresponding author from a participating institution and your primary research or review article was accepted in a hybrid journal between February 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022, and you do not see a free (to you) OA option, your institution has run out of OA article credits. You can still choose to make your article OA within the journal, using the 10% discount on the list price APC. You may also be able to share your work in an open access repository, such as your library’s institutional repository or a discipline-specific repository.  SHERPA/RoMEO provides summaries of journal policies.

Is there anything more I need to do if my work is made Open Access through this agreement?

It depends!  If you or any of your co-authors have funding from the US federal government or one of many other funders, you may have a requirement to share your article in a specific location.  Please ensure you follow your funder requirements to avoid jeopardizing future funding.

I’d like to publish in a journal not covered by this agreement. Why is that journal asking me to pay to make my work open access? Can the library pay my APC for that journal?

Many variables go into negotiating publishing agreements including whether publishers are willing to negotiate such an agreement, what publishers are willing to include, and who negotiates the agreement—some are negotiated on a consortial level, and others are locally negotiated.

BTAA negotiated this agreement with Wiley as part of the Big Collection initiative. BTAA or your library might still have a different agreement with the publisher of the journal of your choice.  Check out BTAA’s Open Scholarship Agreements, and contact your library for information about agreements your library may have negotiated outside of BTAA.