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The road to open access

Knowledge is more powerful when it is shared

Your research can immediately impact ground breaking discoveries when you publish open access, and increase the pace to answering some of the world’s biggest questions. Let us explain how »

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What is open access?

Wiley supports aspirations of our communities by opening up the discovery process to the whole world through openness, accessibility, and transparency of research and data. Open access is crucial to achieving this.

Research must be available so other researchers, professionals, and the public can use it to do real good in the world.

Open access is built on the principle that the world’s knowledge is more powerful when it is shared.

  • Your final published article is freely available online immediately, enabling broader distribution and increased visibility
  • Greater visibility of your work can lead to a greater impact in your field
  • No compromise on quality

What types of open access are available?

When you choose to publish open access with Wiley, there are two main routes open to you: Green open access and Gold open access.

Green open access
Green open access

You self-archive a version of the subscription article in an online repository or website after publishing in a subscription-based journal.

This makes it freely available to everyone. Green open access is also referred to as self-archiving.


Individual self-archiving policies vary by journal or publisher, and determine the relevant terms and conditions:

  • which article version can be used
  • where the article can be archived (institutional repository or personal website)
  • when an article may be made available (immediately or after an embargo period)

More about Green open access »

More about Green open access

Green open access means you can make your article open access through self-archiving – publishing your work in an online repository after publication. A repository is a public archive for research and/or data to be stored for sharing and preservation. They may contain the submitted, accepted or final publisher versions of articles – depending on funder and journal policies. The most well-known subject-based repository for research is PubMed Central (PMC).

If you publish Green open access, Wiley automatically deposits the accepted version (for NIH funded research) into PMC upon acceptance.

The Green Road to open access »

Gold open access
Gold open access

An article publication charge is paid and a final peer reviewed publisher version is made freely accessible online, immediately and permanently, with full re-use rights.

  • The article is published in a fully open access journal or a subscription-based journal.
  • Fully open access journal

    All published papers are open access and there are no subscribers:

    • Free to read
    • Downloadable
    • Shareable
    Subscription-based journals

    Most of Wiley’s subscription-based journals offer an open access option called OnlineOpen, allowing you to publish open access in top journals.

    When content is not published as OnlineOpen, research in subscription-based journals is only available under a paid license.

  • Article publication charge (APC) is typically applied.
  • Article is usually published under a Creative Commons (CC) license.
  • Author usually retains the copyright.
  • Article can be immediately and freely shared on personal, institutional or public websites.
  • Article is usually auto-archived in a repository e.g. PMC, where appropriate.
  • Where appropriate means:

    If the article is: 1) funded by an NIH funding institute, 2) funded by a PMC-approved funder, OR 3) published OnlineOpen in a PMC accepted journal until 31st December 2018 and published OnlineOpen in a MEDLINE-indexed journal from 1st January 2019; the final published version will become freely available on PMC/Europe PMC, the full-text archive of scientific literature in the biomedical and life sciences.

More about Gold open access »

More about Gold open access

To ensure that you choose the right journal for your work, Wiley offers you different open access publishing options. Open access research is subject to the same peer review, production, and publishing standards as subscription-based articles.

Open access publishing options

Figures correct at April 2019.

The Gold Road to open access »

Do you need to pay any open access fees?

Publication Charges

Article publication charges (APCs) across Wiley’s fully open access journals and subscription-based journals using OnlineOpen vary.

A list of APC prices by journal can be seen here »

Who pays? It could be...

You, the author
You, the author

You may be able to pay with your grant funds. Check any waivers and discounts for your country.


Many institutions will cover costs directly via arrangements with publishers.


Many societies provide dedicated funds for open access publishing.


Some funders will provide dedicated funds for open access publishing or make it part of general funding.

Is any open access funding available?

Many funders and institutions have made open access part of their general funding or have created central funds dedicated to covering APCs for their researchers, faculty, or members.

Wiley partners with more than 850 institutions and funders to make open access publishing easier for affiliated researchers.

850 institutions and funders
  • Remove the pay barrier to enable more open access publishing.
  • Help researchers create and share knowledge more freely and widely than ever before.

Your open access fees may be covered

Your open access article publication charges (APCs) may be covered by your institution.

Institutions and funders with a Wiley Open Access Account or an open access agreement may cover article publication charges in full or part for affiliated authors publishing their article open access in either a fully Gold open access journal or a hybrid journal.

Find out if your open access fees may be covered by filling out this form »

What about copyright and licensing?


Copyright is a law that gives the owner of a piece of work the right to say how other people can use it. Copyright licenses detail the rights for publication, distribution, and use of research. Read your chosen journal’s author guidelines for details on the journal’s specific copyright agreement.

Creative Commons Licenses

Wiley requires authors wishing to make their article open access to sign an open access Agreement so the article can be made available under a Creative Commons Licenses.

What is a Creative Commons License?
  • It gives the public the right to share, use, and build upon an author’s creative work.
  • It protects the people who use an author’s work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the specified conditions.
  • There are six main types of CC licenses – the type offered depends on the respective policy of journal or publisher. You should understand what you need and what is on offer to ensure you comply.
  • The most common is CC-BY – short for Creative Commons Attribution License. This allows anyone to build on an article’s research without having to ask or pay for permission, allowing research to be continued and the ideas to move on.

Wiley uses three Creative Commons Licenses: CC-BY, CC-BYNC, and CC-BY-NC-ND.

Creative Commons Licenses

What are open access mandates?

Institutions, funders, societies and organizations (globally) have adopted open access mandates. Increasingly, they’re requiring researchers to share and archive their data in appropriate repositories.

What is open data?

When data is FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable), the research landscape becomes more efficient and accountable. Being more open with data means researchers can analyze each other’s findings and reuse it to inform new findings. Learn more about Wiley’s data sharing policies


Repositories are public archives for storing and retrieving research and/or data.

  • The most well-known subject-based repository for research is PubMed Central (PMC). Sister sites include Europe and Canada PubMed Central PMC.
  • Repositories may contain submitted, accepted or the final publisher versions of articles – depending on funder and journal policies.
  • A global list of repositories can be found at the following links:

Mandates can vary depending on Green or Gold open access. Check your institution or funder mandates with Wiley’s Author Compliance Tool.


Wiley automatically deposits the accepted version (for NIH funded research) into PubMed Central upon acceptance.


Wiley automatically deposits the final publisher version into PubMed Central upon publication.

Author Compliance Tool »

Further Reading and Resources

Want to learn more about open research and open access? The following resources are also available to help you navigate your open access journey:

  • Wiley Author Resources – takes you every step of the way through your publication journey, from finding a journal to promoting your published work. Find out more about publishing open access, the peer review process and how to maximize the impact of your work.
  • Open Research – open research, incorporating open access, is happening now. Wiley’s open research website offers information, resources and tools focused around five key areas of open research – open access, open data, open practices, open recognition & reward, and open collaboration.
  • The Wiley Network – check out the Researcher hub for blog posts, infographics, videos and other content covering topics including licensing and open access, and open research.
  • Author Compliance Tool – easily check compliance with any institutional or funder mandates using this tool. Select your funder or institution in the drop-down lists, then select your journal of choice to see if its policies comply with the policies of your funder or institution.

We look forward to publishing your research!