Wiley-Hindawi journals reach 1,000 published articles

Since its launch in January 2016, the Wiley-Hindawi journal pilot project has proven to be a significant success. November saw the project reach a significant milestone, the publication of the 1000th article across the nine journals that comprise the Wiley-Hindawi journal portfolio.

This pilot project was created to test the reaction to a transition of nine Wiley subscription journals to a pure Open Access model supported by Article Processing Charges. The journals use Hindawi’s distributed academic editorial board model and run through the Hindawi editorial and production systems.

Since the journals opened for submissions in June last year, the submission flow has been very strong. The growth in submissions increased in 2017, once the journals were officially launched by Hindawi, and has been rising steadily throughout the year (as shown in the graph of cumulative submissions below).Geographically, the submitting authors have been located in many countries around the world as shown on the map below. China, USA, and India make up the top three countries with the most submitting authors.Acceptance rates are reasonably variable between individual journals, however, the average acceptance rate across the portfolio is now stable at around 26%. October saw the passing of the 1,000 accepted articles milestone with 1,151 accepted articles as of the end of the month.This pilot program has proven itself to be successful for both the journals and authors, also proving that a transition to a pure Open Access model can be beneficial and sustainable. From Hindawi’s perspective, this is just the beginning of the role that we want to play in facilitating Open Access.

We are looking for more subscription journals that want to ‘flip’ to a pure Open Access model and are willing to offer our systems to do so. We launched our Publisher Partnership Program earlier this year that provides infrastructure to assist other publishers in launching or transitioning journals to Open Access. AAAS was Hindawi’s first partner to take advantage of this program, developing a new Open Access journal on behalf of a prestigious Chinese institution that will launch in Jan 2018.

Scholarly publishing is not going to change overnight, but in assisting other publishers to move towards a more open publishing program, Hindawi is playing its part in the global transition to an open scholarly world.


Richard Bennett - Hindawi
Richard Bennett is the Commercial Director at Hindawi. Richard has over 18 years of experience in commercial positions across the publishing industry, he is involved in various industry initiatives and currently serves on the ALPSP Professional Development Committee.

The graphs and illustration in this blog post are by Hindawi and are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).