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Wiley and French Consortium COUPERIN Sign Open Access Agreement


May 11, 2022 – Hoboken, NJ – Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new three-year agreement with COUPERIN, a consortium of higher education and research institutions in France.

This agreement is the first of its size signed by COUPERIN. Researchers from 130 member institutions across France will be granted access to all of Wiley’s hybrid and subscription journals and will be able to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley's 1,400 hybrid journals. Under the terms of the agreement, individual institutions may additionally offer open access publishing in fully gold journals to their authors.

This agreement will result in more than 2,700 open access articles from authors affiliated with French institutions each year – an agreement that will transition groundbreaking research from across France to immediate open access and enable the world to benefit from its discoveries.

“We’re excited to join COUPERIN in making more peer-reviewed research open access, in the process accelerating academic discovery and showcasing the work of France’s dedicated researchers on the global stage,” said Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Wiley Research Publishing.

“With this agreement, COUPERIN and its members wish to experiment with immediate open access publishing without embargo on a large scale with a publisher," says Lise Dumasy, President of Couperin. “The goal is also to provide full and immediate open access at no direct cost to authors while controlling the growth of APC expenses. The CC-BY license will allow the deposit of articles in the French national open archive HAL.”

Wiley has open access agreements with more than 30 partners globally and remains focused on facilitating the open access movement. Most recently, Wiley has partnered with SANLiC in South Africa, the National Research Council of Science & Technology in the Republic of Korea, and the University of California in the United States to deliver more open access research and facilitate an open future.


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Couperin is the consortium of French higher education institutions that brings together universities, research organisations, grandes écoles, many hospitals, the national library and a few museums. The non-profit association is funded by membership fees and subsidized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Couperin's missions are to collect and analyze the documentary needs of its members, in order to negotiate and organize the purchase of digital documentary resources for the benefit of its members. Couperin runs a national network of skills and exchanges in electronic documentation, it develops services, in particular for the collecting and analysis of usage statistics, and is one of the major players in the promotion of Open Science in France.

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