Projekt DEAL

The German Rectors’ Conference was tasked by the Alliance of German Science Organizations to institute Projekt DEAL to negotiate nationwide transformative “publish and read” agreements with the largest commercial publishers of scholarly journals on behalf of all German academic institutions including universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, state and regional libraries.

The objectives of Projekt DEAL are to achieve:

  1. Immediate open access publication of all new research articles by authors from German institutions, (2) Permanent full-text access to the publisher’s complete journal portfolio & (3) Fair and reasonable pricing for such services articulated with a simple and future-oriented model based on the number of articles published.
  2. These goals are in alignment with the objectives of the global Open Access 2020 Initiative, the LIBER principles for publisher negotiations, and the principles of Plan S. Learn more about negotiation principles for transformative and open access agreements at the ESAC Initiative.