TU9 alliance fully endorses DEAL project

TU9 speaks with one voice in favour of national licensing of products offered by large scientific publishers

TU9, the alliance of leading technical universities in Germany that also includes Leibniz Universität Hannover, wholeheartedly endorses the DEAL project, and calls on the publisher Elsevier to resume constructive negotiations with the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).

The aim of the DEAL project is to conclude national licence agreements for electronic journals issued by major scientific publishers from 2017 onwards. Such licences are expected to improve access to scientific literature and to implement an Open Access component. Commissioned by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, the HRK started holding talks with the scientific publisher Elsevier back in 2016. So far, however, no agreement has been reached. Another round of negotiations conducted between the HRK and Elsevier at the end of March 2017 was also unsuccessful, following the repeated failure to present an offer that came anywhere close to addressing the demands of science.

The TU9 alliance stands united in its support for the objectives of negotiations within the DEAL project:

  • Participating institutions: all institutions in Germany that are entitled to participate in alliance and national licences.
  • DEAL institutions should be given permanent full-text access to the entire portfolio of Elsevier journals (e-journals).
  • All publications by authors from German institutions should automatically be posted Open Access (CC BY, including peer review).
  • Appropriate prices should be agreed on based on a simple, future-oriented calculation model in line with the number of publications.

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About the DEAL project


Within the DEAL project, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) has been commissioned by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, a union of the most important German research organisations, to negotiate with major scientific publishers – including Elsevier – about so-called federal licences. In future, all articles published by these scientific publishers should be made available nationwide via such licences. Among other things, HRK calls for institutions participating in DEAL to be given permanent full-text access to the entire portfolio of the publishers’ journals. It also calls for all publications by authors from German institutions to be posted.