SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in three 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. This automatically addresses funding-agencies or universities Open Access mandates. At no cost for authors.
Acting for the benefit of SCOAP3, CERN conducted a tendering process and, on the basis of the bids submitted by publishers, identified 10 journals by 11 publishers and learned societies for participation in SCOAP3. This open and competitive procedure took into account the quality of the journals (as measured by Impact Factor), the quality of the services provided (as measured by re-use licenses and delivery formats), and the unit price for publishing each article. About 4’000 articles eligible for inclusion in SCOAP3 were published in these journals in 2011, comprising the vast majority of the high-quality peer-reviewed literature in the field of High Energy Physics. Detailed technical specifications are publicly available
Articles funded by SCOAP3 are also fed by participating publishers into the SCOAP3 Repository.