Germany’s Projekt DEAL and Elsevier have entered into a new transformative agreement, in line with the objectives of the Open Access 2020 Initiative. The agreement has been officially announced earlier today.

Universities and research institutions in Germany are invited to sign up to the agreement.

Researchers will be able to publish Open Access in Elsevier journals under the DEAL agreement once their institution has joined the consortium. The agreement also grants reading rights for all Elsevier journal content to all participating institutions.

The consortium is organized by MPDL Services gGmbH, which will send the DEAL-eligible institutions (which include about 900 universities, universities of applied sciences, federal and state research institutions, etc.) the participation documents by the beginning of October.

The MPDL is organizing the participation of the entire Max Planck Society in DEAL and will now start preparing the next steps. We will update our websites with the relevant information as soon as it is available.

Information on the terms and conditions of the contract can be found on the DEAL Konsortium website and if you have any questions or comments, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..