Elsevier is committed to reaching national agreement with Project Deal

We’re seeking a sustainable solution in support of German research and its open access ambitions


At Elsevier, we’re committed to reaching a national agreement with Project DEAL and finding a sustainable solution in support of German research and its open access ambitions.

As a service provider, we work with the research community to understand their objectives and help them reach their goals in a way that is satisfactory to them from a content, service and economic perspective. Research institutions in some countries prefer to publish using an author-pays, open access model, while others prefer to publish for free and recoup expenses from the reader. Elsevier respects both preferences and offers both options to its users. With our German partners, we acknowledge their strong preference for an open access model.

Project DEAL and Elsevier agreed that the so-called Publish-and-Read model can play an important role in a transition towards open access. We also agreed that encouraging the transition to this model in Germany would be the basis for the national negotiations between Project DEAL and Elsevier. Moreover, there was agreement to work together to significantly accelerate the transition to open access in Germany. Despite those agreements and an attractive offer from Elsevier, Project DEAL and Elsevier were unable to agree an interim solution bridging the time needed to conclude negotiations for a national agreement.

Some German institutions decided not to renew individual contracts with Elsevier in anticipation of a national license. While Elsevier has maintained access for those institutions awaiting progress in the DEAL negotiations, we are now contacting those institutions to confirm their service requirements going forward.

We remain open to constructive talks to find a sustainable national solution in support of German research.



Written by

Hannfried von Hindenburg

Written by

Hannfried von Hindenburg

Hannfried von Hindenburg is Senior Vice President of Global Communications at Elsevier. He is seasoned communications professional with over 20 years of industry expertise spanning work across Asia, the U.S. and Europe. He has held numerous positions in both academia as well as journalism, publishing on international relations issues and appearing as an on-air anchor.

Hannfried joined Elsevier in 2015 from the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, based most recently in Hong Kong where he oversaw communications for the Asian region. During his time in Hong Kong and previously in Washington, DC, Hannfried led initiatives focused on communications strategy, social media, thought leadership, corporate brand and reputation management. Prior to joining IFC, he spent nine years with Reuters in Germany, where he held positions in e-business development, as an editor and as a print and TV reporter in business, finance and economic policy.

As a Fulbright scholar, Hannfried completed a Masters degree in European history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and earned a PhD in international relations from Free University Berlin. He is a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Association of Communication Directors (APACD).


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