DEAL Konsortium. Enabling Open Access.
DEAL is an initiative of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. Under the leadership of the German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz - HRK), DEAL negotiates nationwide transformative "Publish and Read" agreements with the largest commercial publishers of scholarly journals on behalf of German research institutions (including universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes, state and regional libraries).
The agreements enable thousands of research articles from German institutions to be published openly each year, making them immediately accessible and re-usable worldwide. At the same time, they provide the hundreds of institutions in the DEAL consortium with extensive access rights to scientific journals, thereby improving the information infrastructure for research and education in Germany.
Open access for all researchers
Researchers across Germany are entitled to keep copyright of their articles and gain the broadest possible readership through open access publication of their articles at no additional cost in thousands of high-quality scholarly journals.