The DEAL - what is up and what does it mean

Jan Heiland

MPI Coffee Lecture - September 23, 2020


Basic Idea

  • check the publishing costs
    • for Germany
    • in a reference year
    • with the big publishers
  • get the same publishing but Open Access
    • for Germany
    • in future
    • with the big publishers

As of 2020

  • DEALs were achieved with Springer and Wiley
    • Open Acces for most of their journals
    • on the base of the 2017 numbers
  • Elsevier still on stall

What is good

  • public funding, public research
  • Open Access by default
  • in line with Plan S
  • control on publication costs

What is not

  • it is APC based
    • no money, no Open Access
  • it is article based
    • more articles processed, more money
  • libraries are out of the game
    • one layer of quality control less
  • favours large publishers
    • rewards previous overpricing


  • community based journals! Diamant OA
  • arxiv plus Elsevier journals?
  • other?

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