How to benefit from DEAL:
The DEAL-Wiley contract, signed on January 15, 2019 by Wiley and MPDL Services GmbH, was published at:
The DEAL-Springer Nature contract, signed on January 8, 2020 by Springer Nature and MPDL Services GmbH, was published at:
Participating institutions are billed an individual participation fee by MPDL Services GmbH that is based on their former subscription spend with the publisher. However, the aim is that the costs should ultimately also be determined at the level of each individual institution on the basis of the volume of publications. To ease this transition, an innovative consortium cost model is being implemented for the DEAL agreements. MPDL Services GmbH has been tasked to act as the central contractual partner for the publisher and, consequently, participating institutions are billed for all contractual services by MPDL Services GmbH, including article fees for publications in the publishers’ gold open access journals. Contract-specific conditions are communicated to the participating institutions in the sign up process.
The verification process is carried out with the help of open access dashboards or approval systems provided by the publishers; these are online platforms through which the participating institutions can view and confirm the publications assigned to them.
When signing up for the DEAL agreements, institutions receive individual accounts for these platforms where they can check and verify the eligibility of the publications that have been assigned to their accounts.
For more information on managing open access publications using the OA dashboards, click here:
When using the Open Access Monitor, please be aware that all publications from your institution will be shown, including those where a researcher from your institution was merely a co-author and not the submitting corresponding author. For cost estimations, please note that you only need to take into account the proportion of your publication volume in which the corresponding author is from your institution. To break down the total publications to corresponding author shares, you may factor out 30%-50% of the total number. Publication figures of university hospitals must also be queried separately; please note that in these cases there may also be double counting of publications with the hospital’s’ corresponding universities to be factored out.
The PAR fee model is merely an intermediate step in the open access transition. This step is, however, necessary in order to enable future oriented adjustments in the workflows, payment streams and service portfolios of academic libraries and publishers. The next step will be to transition the PAR fee model to a transparent and purely publication-based cost model as open access publishing increases and paywalled content decreases.
Last update: February 18, 2020.