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March 25, 2008

Wiley-Blackwell to Launch New Climate Change Resource with Leading Learned Societies

Hoboken, N.J.
Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc (NYSE: JWa), (NYSE: JWb), today announced an agreement to launch a new online publication, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, as a collaborative project with the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) are hybrid publications that combine the most powerful features of traditional reference works and review journals in an innovative online format.

To be developed under the editorship of Professor Mike Hulme, Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, WIREs Climate Change, launching in 2010, will cover a broad range of topics including climate modelling, climate economics, climate change mitigation, and the ecological impacts of climate change.

┐The WIREs publications have two important goals,┐ said Sean Pidgeon, Vice President and Publisher of the Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews at Wiley-Blackwell. ┐They emphasize the critical role of interdisciplinary thinking in research, and they provide comprehensive, well-structured, validated information to a broad academic, professional, and student readership.┐

┐Climate change presents an extraordinarily diverse challenge to the international research community,┐ commented Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society. ┐It is a global phenomenon with long-term societal implications, demanding close interaction between climate scientists, economists, and sociologists, and their engagement with policy-makers and politicians. There is currently no broad-based climate publication devoted to this type of content. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change will provide, for the first time, a single publishing forum in which these diverse perspectives may be shared.┐

Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society added: ┐Climate change, by its very nature, has a strong geographical focus, affecting the world┐s environments and nations in substantially different ways, which is why we are delighted to be part of this project and are committed to furthering the understanding of climate change and its implications. WIREs Climate Change will complement our existing activities in this important area of geographical research and knowledge transfer to policy.┐

About Wiley-Blackwell
Wiley-Blackwell was formed in February 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Blackwell Publishing Ltd. by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and its merger with Wiley┐s Scientific, Technical, and Medical business. Together, the companies have created a global publishing business with deep strength in every major academic and professional field. Wiley-Blackwell publishes approximately 1,400 scholarly peer-reviewed journals and an extensive collection of books with global appeal. For more information on Wiley-Blackwell, please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com or http://interscience.wiley.com.  

About Wiley
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Since 1901, Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.