Project DEAL representatives from the Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany and representatives of publishing house Wiley announced their continued negotiations on a future-oriented model for the publishing and reading of scientific literature. Afterwards, the spokesperson for the project steering committee, Prof Dr Horst Hippler, President of the German Rectors' Conference, and Dr Guido F. Herrmann, Managing Director of Wiley-VCH, spoke of a good atmosphere and constructive, focused talks.
They said that nevertheless, due to the complexity of the subject matter, the negotiations would still take some time. For this reason the two sides agreed on an interim solution for those institutions whose contracts end on 31 December 2017. The details of this solution will be agreed in the near future and those institutions will be informed directly.
The DEAL project was set up by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. As part of the project, national licensing agreements are to be implemented for the entire portfolio of electronic journals of large academic publishers. Further information on the project is available here: http://www.
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