Hoboken, NJ – June 30, 2015 – John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), today announced their partnership with London- based data repository organization, Figshare. To support authors who wish to openly share their data, Wiley have embarked on this partnership with Figshare to integrate data sharing within existing journal workflows and article publication.
The new data sharing service is being piloted with a number of titles and will be rolled out over the next few months along with new data citation and data sharing policies. This will ensure that more data is accessible, sharable and reproducible under a creative commons license from articles on Wiley Online Library without any cost to the author or readers.
With growing requirements from funders of academic research for data to be open and accessible, the need for services that provide simple workflows for compliance is growing in importance. This partnership allows Wiley, as the experts in dissemination of academic content to continue to offer authors a comprehensive publishing service, while increasing the exposure of their research. This partnership with Figshare also provides enhanced data preservation and citability.
Wiley previously completed an extensive study of the changing needs of academics as the research process evolves with new technologies. With the convergence of research and technology, an important area that has emerged is the need to make data both human and machine readable. This flexibility of data will allow ease of use for academic researchers.
"Wiley's forward thinking in researching this space intensively before putting a strong focus on data demonstrates the changing nature of academia and Wiley's commitment to provide world class services to their authors," said Mark Hahnel, CEO of Figshare. "As the scholarly credit system evolves, we want to ensure that all academics can get the credit they deserve for all of their work. This partnership means that authors publishing with Wiley will have that benefit."
"We're constantly looking to provide the most innovative and rewarding publishing experience for our authors," affirms Liz Ferguson, VP Editorial Development, Wiley. "Funder mandates are adding lots of extra requirements that our authors must comply with. Our author services are unmatched and working with Figshare further enhances those services for academic researchers publishing in Wiley journals."