Strong support for SCOAP3 in the U.S.

Over the last weeks seven more U.S. university libraries expressed their support to the SCOAP3 initiative: Indiana University, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rockefeller University, Trinity University and the University of Notre Dame.

Worldwide, SCOAP3 partners in 23 countries collectively pledged over 6.6 Million Euros, or 9.5 Million dollars, corresponding to 66% of the SCOAP3 funding envelope to convert to Open Access the entire literature of the field of High-Energy Physics. The U.S. are the leading country to support the SCOAP3 initiative with over a hundred U.S. libraries and libraries consortia pledging a total of 3 Million dollars, corresponding to 20% of the SCOAP3 funding envelope.

However, before the initiative can proceed, more support is needed in the U.S. and beyond, with about 500’000$ of pledges expected from U.S. libraries of all sizes: the SPARC and ACRL FAQs and webcast give more details on how to help this groundbreaking initiative to transform the landscape of scholarly communication.