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Germany's Project DEAL — a consortium of libraries, universities, and research institutes — has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley on a new contract, ScienceInsider reports.

According to ScienceInsider, Project DEAL and Wiley have hammered out a three-year contract under which researchers at more than 700 academic institutions in Germany will be able to access Wiley journals and papers with German researchers listed as corresponding authors will be published as open-access papers in Wiley journals. The fee, ScienceInsider notes, will be based on the number of papers the researchers publish, which is typically about 100,000 papers a year. It adds that the subscription fee and other details are to be released in 30 days. Project DEAL and Wiley will also launch an open-access journal together and host an annual symposium on the future of research communication, it adds.

This new contract with Wiley will increase the pressure on the other two publishers with which Project DEAL is negotiating, ScienceInsider says. The consortium is continuing to talk with Springer with a temporary agreement in place, it adds, but negotiations with Elsevier stalled toward the end of 2018.