First agreement: Projekt DEAL and Wiley conclude a three-year partnership agreement

After lengthy negotiations, the international academic publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Projekt DEAL have reached an agreement. Under an annual fee, the three-year partnership agreement will provide all researchers at DEAL institutions with access to Wiley's scholarly journals back to the year 1997 and will enable them to publish articles open access in Wiley's journals.

Moreover, as part of the partnership, Wiley and Projekt DEAL will jointly launch three new initiatives:

  1. A "flagship open access journal" that will publish outstanding scholarship from the global research community. The interdisciplinary journal will also serve as a unique forum for the development of new open access publishing models.
  2. An open science and author services development group that will formulate innovative new publishing concepts.
  3. An annual symposium for early-career German researchers that will generate cutting-edge ideas on the future of research communications.

About Projekt DEAL

Projekt DEAL was set up by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, which represents the vast majority of the leading science and research organisations in Germany. The consortium comprises almost 700 mostly publicly funded academic institutions in Germany, such as universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, and state and regional libraries. Within the framework of the project, national licensing agreements will be implemented for the entire portfolio of electronic journals of large academic publishers. Further information can be found at

German Rectors' Conference press release on the agreement with Wiley (in German)