Agreements

Projekt DEAL’s transformative agreements drive the open access transition in scholarly publishing.

The DEAL agreements support researchers in openly disseminating their peer-reviewed articles by converting former institutional payments for subscriptions (reading) into funds that cover the cost of open access publishing. The agreements reduce the overall costs of scholarly communication, increase the visibility and impact of the new German research, and massively expand readers’ access to knowledge.

Wiley

2019-2021 (option for one year extension)

The Wiley agreement, signed on 15 January 2019, is the first transformative agreement negotiated by Projekt DEAL.

Scholars and scientists affiliated with German institutions publish nearly 10,000 research articles in Wiley journals each year, making it the third-most relevant publisher for Germany in terms of output volume. Through this agreement, this significant portion of German research can now be published immediately open access.


Agreement highlights

  • The Wiley hybrid journal portfolio includes more than 1,400 subscription journals in which authors affiliated with German institutions may now publish their articles openly.

  • Institutions gain unlimited access for their readers to current and back issues (dating back to 1997) of the entire Wiley journal portfolio and perpetual access is secured for the German research community through DEAL’s purchase of archival rights.

  • The cost of open access publishing and reading access in subscription journals are covered by repurposing former subscription fees via DEAL’s transitional “publish and read” cost model, in the per-article amount negotiated of Euro 2750.

  • The agreement also secures a 20% discount on list Article Processing Charges (APCs) of more than 230 fully open access journals.


Formalize your institution’s participation in the Wiley agreement

Authors affiliated with the more than 900 DEAL institutions across Germany automatically benefit from the open access publishing rights of the DEAL-Wiley agreement, but each institution must formally register through DEAL’s operational arm, MPDL Services GmbH, in order to deliver access to the full online journal portfolio to their readers.

Find out how to expand your readers’ access to high-quality journal content and support authors in openly publishing their research through the DEAL agreements here (German language only).

Springer Nature

2020-2022 (option for one year extension)

Projekt DEAL entered its second nationwide transformative agreement with Springer Nature on 8 January 2020.

With more than 13,000 scholarly articles by authors affiliated with German institutions accepted for publication each year in Springer Nature journals, the agreement enables a vast portion of German research to be published openly.


Agreement highlights

  • The DEAL-Springer Nature agreement enables Open Access publishing of articles in over 2000 Springer Nature journals; the open access publishing costs are covered by repurposing former subscription fees via DEAL’s transitional “publish and read” cost model.

  • Institutions gain unlimited access for their readers to current and back issues of the entire Springer nature journal portfolio and perpetual access is secured for the German research community through DEAL’s purchase of archival rights.

  • The cost of open access publishing and reading access in subscription journals are covered by repurposing former subscription fees via DEAL’s transitional “publish and read” cost model, in the per-article amount negotiated of Euro 2750.

  • The agreement also secures a 20% savings on the list Article Processing Charges (APC’s) of more than 400 fully open access journals and places a cap on APC price increases over the agreement period.


Formalize your institution’s participation in the Springer Nature agreement

Authors affiliated with the more than 900 DEAL institutions across Germany automatically benefit from the open access publishing rights of the DEAL-Springer Nature agreement, but each institution must formally register through DEAL’s operational arm, MPDL Services GmbH, in order to deliver access to the full online journal portfolio to their readers.

Find out how to expand your readers’ access to high-quality journal content and support authors in openly publishing their research through the DEAL agreements here (German language only).

Further agreements

Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany established Projekt DEAL to negotiate transformative open access agreements with the largest academic publishers. Accordingly, DEAL negotiations started in 2016 with the publisher Elsevier. However, no agreement has been reached so far, and negotiations are currently on hold. More information can be found on the official website of Projekt DEAL.

Negotiations with additional publishers aimed at transitioning portfolios of subscription-based journals to open access are being coordinated by German library consortia in alignment with the Alliance.