Last week SCOAP3 marked the publication of its 3’333rd article, and is now hosting an online conversation on November 18th to discuss its first months of operation.

Starting January 2014, SCOAP3 has supported publication of Open Access articles in high-quality peer-reviewed journals in the field of high-energy physics. Articles copyright stays with the authors and content is released under a CC-BY license, freely accessible both on the publishers’ website as well as on the SCOAP3 repository, from where participating libraries can ingest selected content and build value-added services.

Over ten thousand authors from 80 countries benefited from these conditions, at no direct cost. Article-processing charges, competitively determined through an open procurement process, are centrally supported by the SCOAP3 consortium. All libraries worldwide who used to subscribe to these journals have already received, or are receiving, commensurate reductions by the publishers participating in SCOAP3 and are welcome to join this one-of-its-kind global Open Access partnership and support their researchers. In recent months, the SCOAP3 partnership grew to count several new countries and international organisations: the consortium now counts 33 partners in 38 countries across four continents. Collectively they represent over 2’000 libraries, research organisation and funding agencies which have re-directed to SCOAP3 their previous subscription costs for participating journals.

SCOAP3 would like to invite you to a webinar to discuss the status of the initiative and its future plans. Please save the date of November 18th: Asia afternoon, Europe/Africa/Middle East morning or afternoon, Americas morning. More details about registration and agenda will be available soon.