SCNs have become widely used within the research community, with researchers using SCNs to interact, collaborate and share their results online across institutional and geographical boundaries. The proliferation of SCNs has however led to some complications that need to be addressed. Sharing of journal content can involve the copying and distribution of copyrighted material. Wiley believes that sharing on SCNs should be simple and seamless for researchers while upholding the principles of copyright. Wiley supports the values and guidelines laid out by the Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks as a framework to safeguard the positive impact sharing has for researchers, institutions and society as a whole. The Voluntary Principles were outlined by the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) of which Wiley is a member.
STM is the global trade association representing academic and professional publishers. STM has over 120 members across 21 countries who collectively publish around two thirds of all journal articles. STM plays a leading role in promoting industry best practices and developing public policies which support publishers and their authors in disseminating the results of research. Members include learned societies, university presses, private companies, news start-ups and established players – many of whom are not-for-profits. Wiley is a member.
In 2015, STM initiated an open consultation across the scholarly community around the issue of sharing. The consultation led to the development of the Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks, a framework for publishers, Scholarly Collaboration Networks and all involved in the wider community to cooperate, and improve the sharing experience for all.
STM have launched a website called www.howcanIshareit.com that includes practical tools to ensure you can share articles with colleagues quickly and easily. The site lists the sharing policies of all major publishers. You can find the specific Wiley sharing guidelines here. Wiley has also recently launched Wiley Content Sharing, a simple tool for sharing free-to-read full-text articles which enables authors and subscribers to share their work with their peers as well as non-subscribers, including over social media, Scholarly Collaboration Networks and email.
Wiley’s sharing guidelines outline the different ways in which articles can be shared in accordance with copyright. These can be found at this link. Wiley’s policy on article sharing can be found at this link.
Authors should always consult the relevant author guidelines before submitting as individual journals may operate different editorial policies.
Wiley supports the legitimate sharing of content and we offer many ways to share published scientific articles. Some optimal and copyright-compliant ways to share published article(s) include:
Under the Wiley CTA authors may not post the final version of record on ResearchGate. Authors may however post a link on ResearchGate to the version record on Wiley Online Library (note: the version of record is updated to reflect any post publication changes). Wiley’s policy on article sharing can be found at this link. All the ways in which authors can share articles can be found at this link.
Yes, authors can sign a Creative Commons license after having signed the original CTA if they subsequently decide to publish the article under Open Access terms. Authors can do this at any time during the production process before the article is published online. Payment of the relevant Article Publication Charge (APC) would be required.
The CTA outlines permitted uses that may be made of the article. Authors should always consult the relevant author guidelines before submitting as individual journals may operate different editorial policies. For more information, Wiley’s policy on article sharing can be found at this link. All the ways in which authors can share articles can be found at this link.
Articles published Open Access (CC-BY) may be posted onto ResearchGate or any other platform as long as the creative commons license is observed and remains in place.
Wiley supports the legitimate sharing of research articles. Researchers can freely share the final accepted Word (or similar) version of their articles subject to the embargo period identified in the copyright transfer agreement (generally 12 months) on their websites and with students, colleagues, other professional work groups and their families and friends (this does not include the final version of record). Wiley has also recently implemented a content sharing technology that allows subscribers to share content with non-subscribers. It is actually easy to share in a way that doesn’t undermine copyright. Our interest is in making science accessible while upholding the principles of copyright.
Wiley is a member of the Coalition for Responsible Sharing. The coalition statement can be found here.
Content placed in repositories will not be impacted. Authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time. More information can be found here.
A large number of Wiley journals will consider for publication articles previously available as preprints. Information about how you can share articles previously available as preprints after publication can be found here.
It has been brought to our attention that ResearchGate is locking some user accounts when takedown notices are received. Please be advised that this is a ResearchGate policy that Wiley is not able to change. Wiley is unable to retract valid takedown notices in order to unlock accounts. If your account has been locked, we would advise you to please contact ResearchGate for assistance.