DEAL – Nationwide Licensing of Portfolios of major Academic
Publishing Houses

The goal of Project DEAL is to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (E-journals) from major academic publishers. The intention is also to bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process. An open access component is also planned.

Negotiation goals:

  • All researchers of DEAL-institutions (all institutions in Germany entitled to participate in alliance and national licences) should have permanent access to the total e-journal portfolio of the publisher
  • All publications by corresponding authors from DEAL-institutions should be published under a CC-BY license
  • The DEAL consortium is willing to pay a fair and appropriate price based on the publication output

The potential exists for several hundred institutions – such as universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, state and regional libraries – to participate in such a DEAL licence.

The initiative was commissioned by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany – represented by the German Rectors’ Conference, the HRK. To carry out the project, the Alliance has brought together a project group including the relevant experts from universities and other institutions. Contact persons for the project group are Dr. Antje Kellersohn, Director of the University Library Freiburg, and Mr. Frank Scholze, Director of the KIT Library Karlsruhe. Further Information.