SCOAP3 has started in January 1st 2014. These pages provide background information and news as we start operations. The first SCOAP3 articles are already available and the SCOAP3 Repository has launched in beta.
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 is converting 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 their customers, who 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.
SCOAP3 is looking forward to establishing further partnerships worldwide. Scientists will freely enjoy the advantages of Open Access: their libraries and institutions can make this happen.