Positions & policies
This is an exciting and fast-moving landscape where needs differ across disciplines, across industries and across countries and continents. Needs and preferences differ by author, by learned society and by funder. Open access (OA) is a critical ingredient for any publisher to contribute to the evolution of scholarly communication. For the foreseeable future we will be in a mixed economy of subscriptions/licensing, green OA (self–archiving for free access over the internet usually after an embargo period), gold OA (open access on publication usually paid for as an APC – Article Publication Charge) and probably models not yet developed.
In the UK, the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Wellcome Trust will implement new OA policies from April 1, and publishers, researchers, learned societies, librarians and governments are working on the implementation of the new rules. The majority of Wiley’s journals in its OA program will offer authors funded by the Wellcome Trust and the RCUK the opportunity to publish their articles as gold OA under a Creative Commons Attribution or CC BY license allowing text and data mining and re-use, or green OA with an embargo of up to twenty-four months.
The switch from subscription-based publishing to OA achieved through the payment of APCs involves a significant change in the funding of scholarly communication. To continue to serve all elements of the scholarly community and meet the growing demand for our services, publishers must be prepared to experiment and create new solutions to meet the sometimes conflicting needs and preferences of authors, funders, governments, learned societies and users. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure a smooth shift to this new paradigm in the UK and elsewhere.