The SCOAP3 partnership is moving towards the implementation of its Open Access initiative.

An international team of experts from institutions participating in SCOAP3 has prepared a detailed description of the peer-review and open access services that the consortium intends to purchase through high-quality peer-reviewed journals, the conditions for the provision of these services and the implications on existing licensing agreements.

CERN has now issued a Market Survey for the benefit of SCOAP3. It is publicly available at:

Publishers of high-quality peer-reviewed journals carrying content in the field of High-Energy Physics are invited to answer to this Market Survey, whose purpose is to identify potential bidders for the provision of peer-review and open access services to SCOAP3. The following phase of the process will be an invitation to tender to qualified providers by the end of 2011, for contracts to be placed during 2012 with services commencing 1 January 2013.

The deadline for interested publishers to answer the Market Survey is October 19th.