DEAL Project: Extensive Open Access agreement with Wiley and Springer Nature

Project DEALAs part of the DEAL project, members of the University of Göttingen can publish Nature Open Access at Wiley and Springer and have extensive access to the journal titles of both publishers.

For members of the University of Göttingen, the DEAL contracts with Wiley and Springer Nature mean a significant increase in the number of accessible full-text titles and permanent access to the archives back to the year 1997 is also guaranteed. Furthermore, a significant increase in the number of publications published in Open Access by corresponding authors from the University and the University Medicine Göttingen will be made possible. In addition to publications in genuine open access journals, this also applies to articles in the subscription journals of both publishers.

As part of the DEAL project, the first contract with Wiley was signed in 2019, followed by the contract with Springer Nature in 2020. The three-year contracts follow the "Publish & Read" model with three basic components:  

  • Permanent reading access to the entire portfolio of journals including archives up to issues of the existing national licenses. In case of Springer Nature this excludes "Nature" and all "nature branded Journals" as well as Journals like "Scientific American". The local licencing agreements remain to grant access to these titles.  
  • Significant discounts on the "Article-Processing-Charges" (APC) are granted for publishing in genuine Open Access journals (Gold Open Access) of both publishers. For Springer Nature the Journals of "BioMed Central" as well as "Nature Communications" and "Scientific Reports" are included.
  • Publication in subscription journals (hybrid open access) is also open access by default, with Wiley since 1 July 2019, with Springer Nature since 1 January 2020. This includes Springer Nature-Imprint Springer Medical, Palgrave, Adis and Macmillan Academic, but not "Nature" and "nature branded" Journals.

In accordance with its tradition of high-quality publications, the University of Göttingen is actively committed to maintaining high standards in academic communication and calls on its authors to carefully and critically examine the quality of the publishing institution when choosing it.

The Electronic Publishing Team (E-Mail) of the Göttingen State and University Library will be happy to advise and support you as an author publishing - not only within the framework of the DEAL contracts. Further information and an overview of our sevices regarding Open Access can also be found on our Website on Open Access.

About the DEAL project

The DEAL project aims to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals of the world's largest scientific publishers Wiley, Springer Nature and Elsevier. It aims to achieve a significant change from the current status quo in terms of content accessibility and pricing. So far, no contracts have been signed with Elsevier.

DEAL is commissioned by the Alliance of German Science Organisations, which is represented by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). To implement the project, whose preliminary work began as early as 2015, the Alliance set up a project group with relevant experts from universities and non-university institutions. MPDL Service GmbH, which was founded by the Max Planck Society, was entrusted with the administrative management of the project.


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