With the project DEAL the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) is negotiating on behalf of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany with the big STEM publishers Elsevier, Springer Nature und Wiley about nation-wide agreements for licensing e-journals.
The aims of DEAL are
- a fair financial burden to get a wide-scale, lasting digital access to scholarly literature of the participiating publishers for academics in Germany
- the transformation to open access, from subscription-based to publication-based financing of publishing scholarly information in Germany via Open Access.
What does DEAL mean in concrete terms for the TUHH?
For each of the publishers included in DEAL until now, the project currently has a different impact on the TU Hamburg.
A contract was signed between the DEAL project and Wiley Publishing on 15.1.19. TUHH has joined this contract. As a result, new articles with corresponding authors from the TUHH will be made Open Access worldwide. The contract regulates the payment of publication fees by the TUHH.
There is a transitional agreement for the year 2019 to read SpringerNature journals and to archive this publication year.
The negotiations with the publisher Elsevier have not yet led to any success. There was currently a meeting with the new management of Elsevier.
Since the beginning of 2019 there has only been limited access to Elsevier journal articles within TUHH:
- Detailed overview of digital access to journals subscribed to by TUHH until 2018 from the publisher Elsevier
- Via ScienceDirect, access to the most important 48 journals previously subscribed to by TUHH will continue to be possible until the publication year 2018.
- No access will exist for articles of the year 2019.
- No access will be possible to other ScienceDirect journals. Here the access for 2018 has been paid by an annual license without permanent access rights.
- Further on you also have access to the Elsevier Journal Backfiles on ScienceDirect 1907 – 2002, a package, which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as national license for Germany years ago.
Articles that are no longer available at TUHH can be ordered via interlibrary loan. As a rule, you will receive a paper copy within a week.
In general, it is worth checking whether required articles of a publisher are also available via Open Access.
Articles urgently needed by TUHH researchers can be obtained via a special service of the TU library via document delivery.
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