New OA Publishing Agreement with Wiley Benefits Authors at Illinois

Update: A new agreement in 2023 replaced the following agreement. Read more here.

A new pilot agreement between the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and Wiley, a global leader in publishing, education and research, offers benefits to those who publish at the University of Illinois. Researchers publishing as the corresponding author in any of Wiley’s hybrid journals (subscription-based journals that offer an open access option) may publish open access (OA) at no cost or at a discount. The agreement also maintains existing access to Wiley’s online journal collection.

More specifically, under the eligibility requirements at Illinois, the first two-thirds of its authors who opt into the program have the opportunity to publish their articles open access without paying Article Processing Charges (APCs); once the waivers for the year have been used, the remaining one-third are eligible to receive a 10% discount on APCs. A manuscript must be accepted at an eligible Wiley hybrid journal between February 1 and December 31, 2022, and the corresponding author must be at Illinois to qualify. A list of eligible Wiley journals under the agreement is located at

During the pilot year, the BTAA will continue to work towards a longer-term agreement that expands open access publishing options even further.

“This agreement is an important step in the transition toward a publishing environment in which a greater percentage of our scholarship is freely available. We are glad to have a strong partnership with the BTAA and to bring the benefits of that partnership to our university,” said Tom Teper, Associate Dean and Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services. 

For more details about the agreement, visit

For a list of existing waiver programs for Illinois authors with other publishers, visit