DEAL Agreements with Wiley and Springer Nature

The German Rectors’ Conference negotiates a new contract model on behalf of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany with the Wiley, Springer Nature and Elsevier publishing houses as part of the DEAL consortium and all German academic institutions can benefit from this. Appropriate agreements have already been signed with Wiley and Springer Nature. The negotiations with Elsevier have stalled since mid-2018.

The agreements concluded grant access to most titles of the journal portfolio at Wiley and Springer Nature, backdated to 1997. The agreements also include an Open Access publication component, which enables members of the participating institutions, including the University of Kassel, to publish their articles in most of the journals of the publishing houses without incurring any personal costs and making them available worldwide via Open Access. This applies both to articles in the Gold OA journals and the hybrid journals at the publishing houses, i.e. in subscription journals, which offer OA access for individual articles as an option. The maximum net article fee of EUR 2,000, which applies with our OA Publication Fund, does not apply within DEAL.

The OA policy at the University of Kassel recommends to publish Open Access. If you decide against the OA publication for your article at Wiley or Springer Nature, the University of Kassel will still have to pay the article fee. Additionally, you will forego any greater reception and coverage for your article by doing so.

You will find detailed information about why you should definitely make use of the Open Access option in this blog entry. More detailed information is also available on the DEAL Operations website.

Term of the agreements


2019-2023 (extension until 2024 likely)

Springer Nature

2020-2023 (extension until 2024 likely)

OA publications in (hybrid) subscription journals


Possible in more than 1,400 (hybrid) subscription journals (Hybrid Open Access – HOA) since 1 July 2019 (acceptance date of the paper).

A few titles do not offer any OA options at the moment, but will provide OA options in future as part of the agreement.

Springer Nature

Possible in approx. 1,900 (hybrid) subscription journals (Springer Open Choice) since 1 January 2020 (online publication date).

The Nature subscription journals and some other titles are not covered by the agreement.

OA publications in purely Gold OA journals


Possible in approx. 100 OA journals since 22 January 2019 (acceptance date of the paper) with a discount of 20% for DEAL institutions.

Springer Nature

Possible in approx. 600 OA journals since 1 August 2020 (online publication date), including Springer Open, Nature and BMC titles with a discount of 20% for DEAL institutions, apart from articles in Nature Communications and Scientific Reports.

Which articles qualify?


Primary research articles and review articles with a (primary/submitting/responsible) corresponding author at the University of Kassel at the acceptance date of the paper.

Editorial contributions like letters or book reviews are not covered.

Springer Nature

Original papers, review papers, brief communications, editorial notes, book reviews, letters and reports with a corresponding author at the University of Kassel.

Invited reviews and brief communications in specialist journals are not covered.

How can I publish Open Access with Wiley and Springer Nature?

The authorisation and author affiliation are checked by the publishing house in the background and confirmed by the University Library of Kassel. The allocation of the publication fees to the University of Kassel takes place in line with the affiliation of the corresponding author.

Being the (responsible) corresponding author, please specify the University of Kassel as your affiliation during the submission and publication process. This information should correspond with the manuscript and the publication itself.

If you are affiliated with several institutions, the University of Kassel (or a different DEAL-authorised institution) should be mentioned first. The specified institution should be the locationwhere the research related to the article has taken place (e.g. if you have recently changed institution).

Please only use your institutional e-mail address at the ‘’ domain.

If you submit your article to an Open Access journal, you do not need to do anything else. If you have submitted it to a subscription journal, you will be requested as part of the publication workflow to select Open Access, once your article has been accepted for publication. Please then confirm the publishing house’s Open Access option (Hybrid Open Access at Wiley and Open Choice at Springer Nature).

As soon as you have selected Open Access, you will be requested to confirm the Creative Commons Attribution License for your article. While authors traditionally have transferred all their rights to their works to publishing houses, you retain the right under the CC BY licence to reuse your own work and freely and legally pass on your published articles so that academics around the world can read your work and build on it, provided that you are quoted correctly. The University Library recommends that you use the CC BY licence, if it is available for the relevant journal, as it enables the widest possible reuse and circulation for your article, while maintaining your copyright in the sense of the Open Access concept.

You can find more information on the publishing houses’ websites: