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‘Projekt DEAL’ impact on EMBO Press publications


Heidelberg, 10 April 2019 – The idea of Open Access publishing is not new, with the concept having been first introduced and discussed more than two decades ago. EMBO and EMBO Press support OA, launching its OA journals Molecular Systems Biology in 2005 and Life Science Alliance in 2018; flipping EMBO Molecular Medicine from a subscription model to OA in 2012; and offering OA options in The EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports.


Recent initiatives such as ‘Plan S’ and the German ‘Projekt DEAL’ aim to accelerate the transition to Open Access publishing. Projekt DEAL is a consortium of universities and research institutes in Germany that looks to achieve so-called ‘publish-and-read’ deals. A recent agreement reached by the group with Wiley includes publication in four EMBO Press journals (The EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, EMBO Molecular Medicine and Molecular Systems Biology).


As a result of this agreement, authors will not be charged any publication fee if the responsible corresponding author is employed at an eligible German institute or university. The agreement, which initially covers a period of three years, applies to both research papers and reviews.


Publication in the Open Access journals Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Molecular Medicine is free of charge immediately, and publication in these two journals is also compatible with Plan S requirements.


For The EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports, free publishing applies to all papers accepted after 30 June 2019. For these two journals, the default setting will be Open Access with a CC-BY license, but authors can also choose another form of publication.


Scientists at eligible German universities and institutes now also receive free access to all past and new content published in The EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports.



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