The German Rectors' Conference was commissioned by the Alliance of German Science Organisations to
initiate the DEAL project in order to conclude nationwide licence agreements for the entire portfolio of
electronic journals (e-journals) of major science publishers. DEAL negotiates on behalf of almost all German
academic institutions such as universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, state and
The aims of project DEAL are: A) The DEAL institutions have permanent full-text access to the entire title
portfolio (e-journals) of the selected publishers. B) All publications by authors from German institutions are
automatically made open access (CC-BY, incl. peer review). C) Appropriate pricing according to a simple,
future-oriented calculation model based on the volume of publications.
The second contract of project DEAL, the contract with the publisher Springer Nature, was signed on 8
January 2020. This contract differs only in a few details from the contract with the publisher Wiley, which was
signed on 15 January 2019. The administrative/technical implementation with Wiley has been completed so
that authors can publish Open Access under DEAL conditions. The implementation with Springer Nature will
be realised within the coming months.
The poster summarises the major changes for authors when publishing in Springer Nature and in Wiley
journals, provides guidance on how to use the Wiley web-based "Author Dashboard" and explains how the
national DEAL agreements differ from the previous "hybrid" publishing in closed access journals.