Wiley to allow authors to archive *accepted* manuscripts in repositories


Today I got this email from Wiley, our publisher (emphasis in bold below mine). I see this as really good news, and am glad to see them implementing this new policy.


“Our standard policy has been to allow authors to self-archive the submitted version of their article, either immediately or after acceptance.  In recent years, an increasing number of mandates from research funders and institutions have required authors to deposit the accepted version of their article, and in response to this demand, Wiley had introduced a number of special archiving agreements with key funders and institutions (e.g., Research Councils UK, National Institute of Health, California Digital Library).  We believe that the time has now come to adjust our standard self-archiving policy.

We will now allow authors publishing in our journals the option to deposit the accepted version of their article in personal, subject, or institutional repositories 12 months (STM) or 24 months (Social Sciences and Humanities) after online publication, regardless of funding source or institution. It is our strong recommendation that you adopt this policy for Biotropica.

The revised policy has the following advantages:

  • It increases clarity for authors, and eliminates the need to request an exception in cases where mandates and journal policy are not aligned;
  • It supports authors in achieving compliance with mandates, and allows for the fact that authors frequently change institutions;
  • Green Open Access, facilitated via self-archiving in institutional or subject repositories, is sustainable with an appropriate embargo period, and we believe that our policy safeguards the subscription base of the journals we publish.

The terms of the new policy, which is in effect as of 1 January 2014, are as follows:

  1.  Authors may self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of their paper on their own personal website, in their company/institutional repository or archive, and in not for profit subject-based repositories.  Any self-archiving must be done after the relevant embargo period by the author, or by their institutional librarian.
  2. Self-archived papers should link to Wiley’s standard terms of use for self-archived articles and not use any form of Creative Commons license.
  3. The deposited version must link to the final article on Wiley Online Library.  It should not be updated or replaced by the final article.

We will make the relevant changes to the language of your Copyright Transfer Agreements on February 21, 2014.”


I see this as a really important move towards making the results of scientific research more broadly accessible. What do you think – should we formally adopt this policy for Biotropica? The Editorial Board  is considering my recommendation to do so, feel free to provide feedback for us below.