SCOAP3 has started in January 1st 2014. These pages provide background information and news as we start operations. The first SCOAP3 articles are available on the SCOAP3 Repository.

SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in two dozen countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. SCOAP3 is centrally paying publishers for the costs involved in providing Open Access, publishers in turn reduce subscription fees to all their customers, who can contribute to SCOAP3. Each country participate in a way commensurate to its scientific output in this field. In addition, existing Open Access journals are also centrally supported, removing any existing financial barrier for authors.

As a result, articles are Open Access, the copyright stays with the authors, permissive CC-BY license allow text- and data-mining applications.

As it consolidates, SCOAP3 is looking forward to establishing further partnerships worldwide. Scientists freely enjoy the advantages of Open Access: their libraries and institutions can make this happen.

SCOAP3 invites you to a webinar on November 18, 2014 to outline the achievements to date, discuss the status of the initiative and its future plans. Please register in advance at http://indico.cern.ch/e/SCOAP3webinar.