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DEAL and Springer

On 8 January 2020 Projekt DEAL entered into an agreement with Springer Nature for open access publishing. The second such agreement negotiated by Projekt DEAL is regarded as the world’s largest transformative Open Access agreement at the time of signing. With more than 13,000 scholarly articles by authors affiliated with German institutions accepted for publication each year in Springer Nature journals, the publisher disseminates a significant portion of Germany‘s research output. The DEAL-Springer Nature agreement enables Open Access publishing of articles in approximately 2,500 Springer Nature journals and offers participating institutions extensive access to the publisher’s journal portfolio.

Key elements of the agreement are listed here.


DEAL - First success

The first contract within the Project DEAL has been signed with Wiley Publishers!

Cooperation of both Parties shall improve future of research and scientific publishing:

  • Wiley and Projekt DEAL enter into a future oriented partnership for Germany to test and establish new publication models

  • Scientists shall have better conditions to publish research results in Wiley journals

  • Participating German Institutions will continue to have access to Wiley's portfolio of scientific journals

More information on the websites of the German Rector's Conference (HRK) and Project DEAL


Closed access to Elsevier journals

In response to the deadlock in the DEAL negotiations (<>), Elsevier has locked the access to the current volume of all journals.

As this reaction was expected, the libraries affected have made arrangements to fulfil your literature requests in this phase.

Please send us your requests as usual (with DOI please) - we will try to get them as soon as possible.

Here is the link to our interlibrary loan forms: <>


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Before you send your manuscript, take a few minutes to check up on that journal.

Predatory publishers abuse the open access author-pays model for their own profit. This growing industry is causing problems for academics.

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  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is now a member of the ORCID Consortia Deutschland 

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Since the 1st of July 2018 GEOMAR became a member of the German ORCID Consortia.

  • Frontiers agreement with GEOMAR:

    The GEOMAR Library has become a participating member in an agreement between Helmholtz and the publisher Frontiers. As part of this agreement a 15% discount will be applied to APCs for articles by GEOMAR-affiliated corresponding authors.
    More information can be found in the Intranet!

  • Springer E-Books

    New Aquisitions - Springer E-Books "Earth & Environmental Sciences" 2016/17+2018!
    You can find the 510 Titles in the Library Catalogue!

  • Creative Commons

    New version (4.0) published!
    More Information can be found here.

  • GLORIA, the new search engine of the library is online!

    GLORIA (GEOMAR Library Ocean Research Information Access) offers various advantages compared to the traditional library catalogue and combines various search links offered on our website. Of course you can find everything you would expect in a library catalogue: including books and journals, print and electronic versions.

    Furthermore you can find “latest articles” from scientifically relevant journals, articles from Open Access repositories and also older articles and databases accessible through DFG National Licences. References and fulltext articles from our institutional repository “OceanRep”, bibliographies and research data (Pangaea) extend the search space.


    For detailed information and a tutorial on the functionalities of GLORIA click here.


  • Access to Scopus available!

    (Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings; offered by Elsevier since 2004.)