The N√°rodni technick√° knihovna (NTK), the Czech National Technical Library has joined SCOAP3 on behalf of the Czech Republic.

With the Czech Republic, the SCOAP3 consortium has now established partnerships in as many as 24 countries in America, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. So far, these partners have collectively pledged around 7 millions Euros per annum towards this innovative Open Access initiative to convert to Open Access the entire literature of the field of High-Energy Physics, corresponding to 70% of the SCOAP3 budget envelope.

The SCOAP3 initiative is now getting closer to embarking in its next steps: the establishment of an international governing board and a call for tender to publishers in the field. These will happen as soon as further partnerships are built in Asia and South America, and more U.S. libraries of all sizes will pledge their support.