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Wiley and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Sign Agreement to Make More Peer-Reviewed Research Available


February 14, 2022 – Hoboken, NJ – Global research and education leader Wiley, together with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), today announced they have reached agreement for a one-year contract extension with an open access option, as a pilot in collective action toward the Big Collection. The Big Ten Academic Alliance is a premier higher education consortium in the U.S. that includes major research institutions in 11 U.S. states. 

The agreement enables researchers at 13 participating flagship universities and 17 affiliated campuses to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley's hybrid open access journals in 2022. The agreement also provides access to all of Wiley’s subscription content across the consortium. The agreement aims to advance the goals of the BTAA Big Collection to move toward a sustainable open scholarship ecosystem.

“The essential role that high-quality research plays in society has never been clearer,” said Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Wiley Research Publishing. “Researchers across the BTAA advance knowledge on a variety of pressing topics, and it’s a pleasure to be an early partner for them and their institutions in the joint goal of making more peer-reviewed research openly available.”

“We’re pleased to be able to take collective action and partner with Wiley as we explore how to move toward a more open and equitable future,” stated Maurice York, Director, Library Initiatives at the BTAA.  “This pilot agreement will allow us to learn more about how the consortium can successfully participate in open access scholarship and make member research available to a broader audience.”

On behalf of the BTAA University Librarians, John Wilkin said, "As leaders of our individual libraries, we are enthusiastic about the way that this agreement addresses our institutional interests while ensuring that our collective impact is more than the sum of its parts." Wilkin is University Librarian for the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

This agreement builds on many similar agreements Wiley has negotiated with other US-based institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University, Iowa State University, VIVA, the Carolina Consortium, and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium.


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About BTAA
The Big Ten Academic Alliance is the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. For more than half a century, these world-class institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs. Governed and funded by the provosts of the member universities, Big Ten Academic Alliance mandates are coordinated by a staff from its Champaign, Illinois headquarters.

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