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April 22, 2010

Wiley to Provide Emergency Access to Scholarly Content after a Natural Disaster

Hoboken, NJ

Global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (JWa, JWb) announced today that they have approved an Natural Disaster Access Clause that will extend licensed electronic content  to emergency workers, students, faculty, and academic institutions affected by a local, national, or global natural disaster.  The first license to include this clause is the Wiley Online Consortium License with the University of Texas System and Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library. 

Following a major natural disaster, emergency workers, students, faculty, and institutions displaced to other communities may need access to critical scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly information. Under the Natural Disaster Access Clause, Wiley will allow a licensee to provide affected groups with electronic access to its licensed products via the licensee’s secure network.  In effect, they would be considered “authorized users” of a licensee with full rights afforded to them.

Such an arrangement was put in place after Hurricane Katrina, when displaced students, faculty, and emergency workers came to institutions in the UT System and served by the HAM-TMC Library that needed access to licensed materials.  Wiley agreed to extend their license to these groups, so the parties have a history of working together to help displaced people gain access to the information they need.  

“It is important that we provide communities in need with information and knowledge,” said Eric A. Swanson, Senior Vice President of Wiley’s Scientific, Technical, Medical and Scholarly (STMS) business, also known as Wiley-Blackwell. “Wiley has demonstrated its commitment to supplying content to those in need through our support of Research4Life and our independent outreach following disasters such as the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and the recent earthquake in Haiti. We are proud to announce that Wiley will extend this latest emergency access initiative, globally, to all of its managed licensees who could provide these essential services should the need arise.”

This initiative is scheduled to take effect immediately. Institutions needing more information on emergency access following a major natural disaster should contact wissales@wiley.com.

About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 400 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 Web sites; 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.