Two Items from Project DEAL Germany.
After the latest meeting, the spokesman for the DEAL Project Steering Committee and President of the University Rectors Conference, Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, and Dagmar Laging, Vice President Institutional Sales Europe at Springer Nature, commented that they have already achieved some alignment on principle questions.
In order to gain the necessary time for further negotiations on this very complex matter, the two sides agreed a cost-neutral extension of the existing Springer contracts by one year for those organisations whose contracts end on 31 December 2017. The Nature license which was negotiated within the framework of GASCO (German, Austrian and Swiss Consortia Organisation) is also to be extended for an additional year.
2. Five Important Scientists from the German Science Community Now Supporting Project DEAL
The complete announcement (in German) ||| (translation using Google Translate) also points out that as of this update nearly 200 universities and research organizations in Germany will not extend their contract with Elsevier into 2018.
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