License Signing Guide

Need help with license signing? Our PDF guide walks you through it.

Understanding copyright and licensing

Copyright licenses detail the rights for publication, distribution, and use of research. Wiley authors must sign a license agreement before publication. Read your chosen journal’s author guidelines for details on the journal’s specific copyright agreement. Failure to sign the license agreement will result in the article being withdrawn from publication.

For subscription articles

For subscription articles, you will either transfer copyright to Wiley with a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) or grant Wiley an exclusive license to the copyright with an Exclusive License Agreement (ELA). You will receive the appropriate license agreement in the time between acceptance of your article and final publication online.

For more information about CTA and ELA licenses, view Licensing Info & FAQs.

For open access articles

For open access articles, you will sign an Open Access Agreement with a Creative Commons license that allows you to keep the copyright.

Wiley's Self-Archiving Policy

Authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period.

Visit our Self-Archiving page to learn more.

Learn about Copyright and Licensing with Wiley here.

Compliance with cOAlition S

Authors who have received funding from a member of cOAlition S can visit our page on compliance with cOAlition S policies to learn more about how they can publish with Wiley.