Open access agreement for authors at eligible NOAA institutions

Your institution wants you to publish open access

Wiley and NOAA have an agreement which allows eligible authors to publish open access without paying an article publication charge (APC). The cost of publishing is covered under the terms of the agreement.

Corresponding authors affiliated with participating NOAA institutions may publish gold open access in any fully open access or hybrid journal, at no charge. By choosing gold open access an article is immediately and freely available for all to read, download and share.

For Cooperative Institute Employees & Grantees: CI employees are not eligible under this agreement. As part of NOAA’s agreements with CI host institutions, NOAA expects CI employees to leverage the “personnel, services, or facilities of such organizations for research, education, training, and outreach" of said institution, which could include similar agreements with publishers or additional funds to cover publication costs.

NOAA Licensing Preferences

In support of NOAA's open science initiatives, it is recommended that all authors select a license that supports the most open license available; free from restrictions on use (commercial or otherwise), reuse, and derivative works.

For NOAA federal employees, it is recommended that authors select the most open license available to them when publishing: in most cases this would be a CC BY license. Publications authored by federal contractors should be released under the license identified in their contract. If licensing is not explicitly stated in your contract, NOAA recommends selecting a CC BY license.

Your institution wants you to make your article gold open access.

Publishing open access:
  • Complies with institution or funder mandates
  • Allows you to retain copyright through a CC BY license
  • Enables automatic deposit in PMC (when appropriate)

Read more about the advantages of publishing open access here.

Check your eligibility:

  • The responsible corresponding authorThe responsible corresponding author is the author who manages the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process - from submission through publication. This author has the authority to act on behalf of all the co-authors and will also be the contact for inquiries after publication. must be a NOAA federal employee (FTE) or federal contractor (per terms and conditions of contract) who is currently affiliated with an eligible institution at the point of acceptance (if you are no longer affiliated with an eligible institution at the point of acceptance of your paper, you do not qualify)
  • You must publish in a fully gold open access journal or publish open access in a hybrid journal
  • If submitting to a fully gold open access journal your manuscript must have been submitted on or after 1 January 2024
  • If submitting to a hybrid journal your manuscript must have been accepted for publication on or after 1 January 2024
  • Your article must be primary research or a review article. Other article types e.g. letters, editorials etc. are excluded
  • This agreement cannot be used to cover additional charges (e.g. cover, color, and page charges), which individual journals administer separately
  • Some institutional funding policies may differ for gold and/or hybrid open access APCs. Please check with your library for any exceptions.

Please contact your university or library with questions.

Follow our step-by-step guides and publish open access today

How to publish in a fully open access journal

How to publish in a hybrid open access journal