An Open Question
Over the past year or so, Wiley has doubled the number of hybrid open access journals (a variation of open access where some articles of a journal are free and some are not) online. It introduced 10 new “fully gold” open access journals (journals that are fully funded up front and are free to fully access immediately). Wiley began offering a manuscript transfer system for authors to move papers back and forth and became a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) this past August.
“I think it’s fair to say that we’re offering more in 2012 than ever before,” she says of Wiley. “I think it’s recognition that we want to develop a cohesive long-term plan for open access across our business.”
Burley and her team are working with everyone—authors, funding agencies and scholarly societies—to take the next steps forward as the entire STM publishing business swiftly shifts from print to digital, too. A number of print journals are being phased out, in order for the company to repurpose those funds to invest in technology to develop its new platform, she says. Today Wiley offers 225 STM online-only journals.
“In an open access world, the authors and funders are your new customer group,” she says. “We want to build and innovate with all different models that are alternatives to subscription. We’re never going to be satisfied that it’s good enough. We just want to make it better and improve it. That’s what we’re spending our time on.”
A Group Effort
When an all-star collection of scientists and academics, representatives of the library community, influential research funders, and folks from a handful of leading publishers came together a little over 10 years ago for an Open Society Institute event in Budapest, everyone was still figuring out open access. What would the standard approach to open access be moving forward? An agreed upon definition of this concept did not yet exist, and this group of more than a dozen was determined to hammer one out.