Wiley remains committed to expand open access offerings in 'legally, sustainable' way


Global publishing major Wiley has said that open access is a key way to advance scientific discovery and knowledge-sharing in the post-pandemic world, and the firm remains deeply committed to expanding its open access offerings, but maintained that it plans to do so in a “legally and sustainable” way. Open access is a publishing model for scholarly communication that makes research information available to readers at no cost, as opposed to the traditional subscription model.

“We believe that the trends point our industry towards a more open future, where Gold open access, preprints, and transparency of data, methods and peer-review will continue to grow in importance and amplify the impact of research globally,” Wiley India MD Vikas Gupta said.

Gupta further noted that “the promise of open access is particularly powerful as India advances a comprehensive Science, Technology and Innovation policy in the coming years”.

Last year, Dutch publisher Elsevier, Wiley India and the American Chemical Society (ACS) filed a suit against free online repositories Sci-Hub and Libgen (Library Genesis) in the Delhi High Court over copyright infringement.

“We believe that SciHub and Libgen compromise the security of libraries and institutions to gain unauthorised access to scientific databases and other proprietary intellectual property, as well as to illegally harvest journal articles and e-books,” Gupta said.

“We are taking this legal action to help solve the cyber-security challenges threatening the integrity of the research eco-system and the safety of university and personal data, which seriously harms the many large and small publishers, learned societies, university presses and others involved in scholarly communication,” he noted.

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He, however, asserted that the lawsuit is not going to restrict Open Access Journals in India. The outcome of the lawsuit will not impact the open access arrangements for any of our journals, he noted.

“Wiley remains deeply committed to expanding our open access offerings, but doing so legally and in a sustainable way that allows a vibrant research ecosystem to grow and thrive,” Gupta said.

He further said that “we continue to drive open access business models through partnering with consortia to achieve transitional agreements, increasing our OA article output, investing in OA technologies and journals, and flipping subscription journals to open access journals”.

Gupta said Wiley is proud to partner with Indian researchers to bring new findings to market. “Each year, we host more than 20 workshops annually to support researchers in better understanding the publication process – and over 30 thousand researchers around the world participate in these webinars.”

Further, In India, Wiley is committed to working with universities and libraries – notably through the ESS Consortium – to deliver research at a fraction of the cost to over 150 member universities.

“We follow a differential model that is designed to support new and upcoming institutions in gaining perpetual access to over 90 Wiley journals at a per student cost equivalent to a movie ticket,” he said.

In order to bridge the digital skills gap, WileyNXT platform partners with universities across the region in high-demand job areas like IT, technology, data analytics, AI, blockchain and product management, and collaborating with a network of corporate leaders through the Wiley Innovation Advisory Council, Gupta said.

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Gupta noted that in 2020, there was a spike in research related to COVID-19, and the firm anticipates a long-lasting increase in the demand for scientific research.

“We remain committed to meeting this demand and to publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed research that advances global knowledge on a variety of pressing topics, including not only COVID-19, but also cancer, climate change, and mental health, among others,” he said.

On its recent acquisition of Hindawi, Gupta said “by acquiring Hindawi, we’re able to deliver even greater value to the global research community by giving researchers more options to publish with Wiley in an expanded program of open access journals, more easily and more quickly, and make important science more broadly available for all.”



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