What is SCOAP3 ?

SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries, 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 and 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 and services provided and the unit price for publishing each article. Detailed technical specifications are publicly available

Some 4’000 articles eligible for inclusion in SCOAP3 are published every year, comprising the majority of the high-quality peer-reviewed literature in the field of High-Energy Physics. All articles are freely accessible on the publishers websites as well as in the SCOAP3 Repository.

Further information

  • In November 2014 a webinar was hosted to outline the achievements to date, discuss the status of the initiative and its future plans. Please find a recording of the webinar as well as the presentation here.
  • The continuously updated SCOAP3 Facts & Figures one-pager summarises the principles of the business model, lists the SCOAP3 journals as well as participating countries and most recent key metrics.