Today CERN/SCOAP3 was presented the fifth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications

Rolf Heuer, CERN Director General, said: “I am honoured by this prize which recognises our vision of Scholarly Communication. It is inspired by the same principles that our community has developed to tackle global scientific challenges: collaboration; consensus; innovation; openness; technology transfer and Open Access to knowledge”.

These principles are indeed embodied by SCOAP3, which is built on consensus and partnership: among scientists, who clearly stated their support and need for Open Access ; among hundreds of libraries from 24 countries , who pledged support to the initiative; among leading publishers in the field, who demonstrate willingness to engage with these principles and published the first LHC physics results Open Access under Creative Common licences.