April 5, 2022 – Hoboken, NJ. Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new ground-breaking, four-year agreement with SANLiC (South African National Library and Information Consortium), a consortium of public South African higher education and research institutions, with the aim to deliver more open access research and empower scholars across the country.
The agreement allows participating member institutions in South Africa to access all of Wiley's journals, and grants researchers the ability to publish accepted articles open access in Wiley's hybrid journals from the start of the agreement in early 2022. From January 2023, as part of a pilot scheme, researchers will also be able to publish in Wiley's fully gold open access portfolio, including journals published by Hindawi. To amplify inclusive scholarship across the country, and break down barriers, Wiley will work closely with SANLiC and their members to deliver additional support to researchers, including comprehensive research publishing training workshops, online access to the Wiley Researcher Academy and bespoke editorial resources.
"This is a landmark agreement for Wiley. We're delighted to enable full open access publishing for researchers across South Africa when publishing in our journals, and excited to fulfil the vision developed in partnership with SANLiC to further support the ambitions of South African scholars," said Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Wiley Research Publishing.
"This is a landmark agreement for SANLiC because Wiley is one of our most important reading and publishing venues," said Laila Vahed, Chairperson of the SANLiC Board. "With the exception of a handful of closed journals, under this agreement, our researchers will be able to continue to publish in the Wiley journal of their choice but now with full and immediate open access rights. Furthermore, they will retain the copyright with a CC-BY license and will not incur APC author facing charges. South Africa's research will become more visible as Wiley's hybrid journals transition toward full open access."
Wiley has open access agreements with more than 30 partners globally and remains focused on facilitating the open access movement across the globe. Most recently, Wiley has partnered with institutions including the National Research Council of Science & Technology in the Republic of Korea, the Royal Danish Library, and the University of California to deliver more open access research and facilitate an open future.
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The South African National Library and Information Consortium is a not for profit company. It serves the interests of its member libraries which include the 26 public South African higher education libraries and six national research council libraries. Its mission is to facilitate, on a non-profit basis, affordable access to scholarly electronic information in support of the learning, teaching and research activities of its members. SANLiC is committed to promoting open access (OA) for the advancement of South African research and research production through increasing access to scholarly information, reducing the overall cost of library subscriptions, and seeking alternative forums for the distribution of South African scholarship.