For almost four years the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany has been negotiating with the major science publishers Elsevier, SpringerNature and Wiley for nationwide licences and fair pricing. Now a first contract has been signed. On 1 July 2019, the DEAL agreement with Wiley will become fully effective.
The agreement provides members of the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) with online access to all Wiley journals. At the same time, it turns Open Access into the standard mode of publication for scientists and scholars in Germany. The agreed upon Publish&Read model is an innovation because it defines publishing – not reading – as the basis of financing scientific journals.
The agreement therefore represents an important step on the way toward a sustainable Open Access transformation. It sets signs for further negotiations with Elsevier and SpringerNature, but also for similar initiatives abroad.
The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology is participating in the nationwide contract, which will initially run until December 2021.
Overview of the advantages for scientists at Leibniz Universität Hannover:
You can access Wiley's entire journal portfolio. This currently comprises around 1,700 journals, including back issues.
Open Access publishing
From 1 July 2019, Open Access will be the standard for LUH authors who want to publish in Wiley hybrid journals. The TIB will cover the costs.
You can also continue to publish Open Access in Wiley's genuine Open Access journals. You receive a 20 percent discount on the Article Processing Charges (APCs), but no invoice. Instead, the TIB will cover the costs.
Concerning the cost cap for Article Processing Charges
Together with the other TU9 libraries, the alliance of leading technical universities in Germany, the TIB is committed to a uniform cost cap of 2,000 Euros including tax for APCs. However, this limit is not part of the contract with Wiley, so that in some cases higher APCs may occur. The TIB will still cover these costs using special funds made availabel by LUH for a limited period of time for this particular purpose. With this decision, TIB and LUH recognise the special significance of the DEAL-Wiley contract for the German scientific landscape.
If you have any questions about the contract, the TIB staff will be happy to help you.
Dr. Ulrike Kändler
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