Wiley Announces a New Extension of Its Projekt DEAL Agreement

In News by Porter Anderson

By year’s end, Wiley says, 28 percent of its journal portfolio will be fully open access. This is its fifth-year Projekt Deal extension.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘An Additional 240’ Open-Access Journals
In another of a rush of news items in international open-access academic and scholarly publishing this week, Wiley on Monday (November 21) announced a fifth-year extension of its open-access agreement with Projekt DEAL.

Among several pillars of the growing open-access context in international scholarly and academic research publishing, Germany’s Projekt DEAL is a recognized standout, a seminal consortium of more than 900 academic institutions in a structure initiated by the German Rectors’ Conference to create transformative agreements with the three biggest publishers of scholarly journals—Wiley, Springer Nature, and Elsevier.

According to Wiley’s announcement this week, its extension of its role with Projekt DEAL “will allow authors in Germany even more open-access publishing options, with an additional 240 fully open-access journals integrated into the contract for the first time.”

Making its announcement from its United States offices in Hoboken, New Jersey, Wiley’s media messaging

On Monday this week (November 21), Wiley itemized points of gain and progress resulting from the first four years of the agreement, including:

  • A 1,000-percent increase in the number of articles published open-access by authors at participating Projekt DEAL institutions since the beginning of the agreement 
  • Some 97 percent of eligible authors in Germany taking advantage of the opportunity to publish their articles accepted in Wiley hybrid journals open-access 
  • An 80-percent increase in the use of peerreviewed research by academics in Germany in the last four years 

In a prepared statement released Monday, Liz Ferguson, Wiley Research Publishing’s senior vice president, is quoted, saying, “Wiley’s open-access leadership has fostered a massive increase in open-access publishing and readership for researchers, generating greater impact for research in Germany.

“Success with Projekt DEAL and in more than 40 more transformative agreements means that Wiley is on track to reach 50 percent of overall publication output as open access, and we expect that percentage to continue to increase.”

At Wiley, the Projekt DEAL accord stands as one of the first transformative agreements the publishing house made, and “a cornerstone” of Wiley’s “approach to the open-access transition.” So it is that this fifth-year extension arrives for staffers

In conclusion, the company writes, “Wiley has achieved open-access partnerships with more than 2,200 institutions in 23 countries. That provides the opportunity to publish more than 69,000 open-access articles each year.

“Transitioning established journals to full open access is a key component to Wiley’s open-access strategy, and Wiley is committed to transitioning journals to open access; by the end of the year, 28 percent of Wiley’s journal portfolio will be fully open access.”


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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.