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CERN Council today appointed Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer as next CERN Director General.Professor Heuer will serve a five-year term, taking office on 1 January2009. His mandate will cover the early years of operation and firstscientific results from the Laboratory’s new flagship researchfacility, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), scheduled to begin operationin summer 2008. The present CERN […]

The Council of the European Union adopts Conclusions on scientific informationin which it “recognises the strategic importance for Europe’sscientific development of current initiatives to develop sustainablemodels for open access […]” and “underlines the importance ofeffective collaboration between different actors, including fundingagencies, researchers, research institutions and scientific publishers,in relation to access [… to], scientific publications”. Theseprinciples […]

Springer announcement

November 16, 2007

Springer makes a further step towards Open Access: The European Physical Journal C, which is among the potential initial partners of SCOAP3, is willing to negotiate with funding agencies interested in Open Access to become fully Open Access. In anticipation of such successful negotiations, all experimental papers accepted by The European Physical Journal C will […]

Sweden joins SCOAP3

November 16, 2007

The Swedish National Library, on behalf of the BIBSAMconsortium for Swedish research libraries, signs the Expression ofInterest in joining the SCOAP3 consortium.

The rectors and council chairmen of Greek Universities confirm the participation of the Greek academic community in SCOAP3. The financial support will be covered by the Greek Library Association’s budget, completed by the participating universities.

The High Energy Physics community strongly encourages Open Access publishing. The following statement was approved by the ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb andTOTEM Collaboration Boards in February-March 2007: We strongly encourage the usage of electronic publishing methods for our publications and support the principle of Open Access Publishing, which includes granting free access of our publications to all. Furthermore, we encourage all […]

KEK strongly supports the spirit of the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing) project for its comprehensive approach to Open Access, taking into considerations that the price of journals has been rising and stays at the very expensive standard, so that the universities and institutes face difficulty to secure the budget for subscriptions. KEK […]

On 4th January 2008, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. National Science Foundation on the conduct of experimental and theoretical high energy physics (HEP) research and accelerator R&D. On November 30th, HEPAP listened to two presentations on Open Access. An Open Access primer by Gene Sprouse, editor in […]

ICFA supports Open Access

October 16, 2007

On 15th August 2007, ICFA, the International Committee for Future Accelerators, a major forum for future directions in High Energy Physics, encouraged all concerned parties from all world regions to actively get involved in the SCOAP3 initiative to assure its success. ICFA also invited its members to facilitate the implementation of SCOAP3 by raising awareness […]

The Strategic Helmholtz Alliance ‘Physics at the Terascale’ considers unrestricted access to published scientific results essential for wide dissemination and efficient usage of scientific knowledge. “The particle physics community has always been at the forefront of the open access movement. Today, the overwhelming majority of scientific results in high energy physics are freely available as […]