The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), National Institute of Informatics (NII) and Coordinating Committee for Japanese University Libraries (CCJUL) have jointly established a partnership withthe SCOAP3 initiative.

Following the earlier support of the Japanese scientific community, KEK, NII and CCJUL have jointlypledged financial support for the Japanese share of the SCOAP3 budgetenvelope.

The partnership of the Japanese community and SCOAP3 is extremelyimportant for the success of this initiative which now counts supportersin 28 countries in Africa,America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Partners worldwide have collectivelypledged 80.5% of the SCOAP3budget envelope of 10 million Euros/year, fairly shared according to their contribution to High-Energy Physics literature.

Following a recent consensus decision, the SCOAP3 partnership is now inmoving forward with the implementation of its Open Access initiative, while further partnership are built in Asia, South America and the U.S.