SCOAP3 has started in January 1st 2014. These pages provide background information and news. SCOAP3 articles are available on the SCOAP3 Repository. A summary of the first year of operation is available here and a regularly updated fact-sheet is available for download here.
SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries, key funding agencies and research centers in more than 40 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 participates 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 licenses 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.