UKB, the Dutch consortium of the thirteen university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands, and NIKHEF, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in the Netherlands, have joined SCOAP3.

M.A.M. Heijne, the president of UKB, commented: “I sincerely hope that this project will be an opportunity to show the world that the challenges in Open Access can be met.”

The Netherlands becomes the 15th country to join SCOAP3, which has also received financial pledges from an international organization and a growing number of U.S. universities, laboratories and library consortia. To date, over 38% of the SCOAP3 budget has been pledged and more partners are poised to join in the near future.