List of Journals Effective Costs per ArticleBenefits for Authors

List of Journals 2014-2016

In the table below (sorted alphabetically) you can find the list of publishers and journals participating in SCOAP3 for the first 3-year phase (2014-2016) together with their corresponding Impact Factor (IF) and the agreed Article Processing Charge (APC).

On April 19th 2016, SCOAP3 has announced the extension of the initiative for three more years (2017 – 2019) with eight journals (News text and list of journals).

PublisherJournalIF 2014APCSCOAP3 Coverage*Author guidelines
Jagiellonian University
Acta Physica Polonica B (APPB) is an abstracted, refereed journal published by the Jagiellonian University in cooperation with the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. It coveres the following areas of physics: General and Mathematical Physics, Particle Physics and Field Theory, Nuclear Physics, Theory of Relativity and Astrophysics as well as Statistical Physics. The journal is fully Open Access.0.850500 EUR22.1%APPB Guide for authors

Advances in High Energy Physics (AHEP) is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all fields of high energy physics. The journal is dedicated to both theoretical and experimental research.2.2031000 USD100%AHEP Guide for authors
Chinese Physics C (CPC) covers research into the theory, experiment and applications of particle physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics. It is published by the Chinese Physical Society with the Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS, and the Institute of Modern Physics, CAS. This is a hybrid journal.1.3131000 GBP7.2%CPC Guide for authors
The European Physical Journal C (EPJC) presents new and original research results in theoretical physics and experimental physics, in a variety of formats, including Regular Articles, Reviews, Tools for Experiment and Theory, Scientific Notes and Letters.5.0841500 EUR100%EPJC Guide for authors
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP) covers all aspects of cosmology and particle astrophysics and encompasses theoretical, observational and experimental areas as well as computation and simulation. This is a hybrid journal.5.8101400 GBP30.9%JCAP Guide for authors
The Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) is an international, peer-reviewed, online-only, scientific journal owned by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA - Trieste, Italy) and published by Springer.6.1111200 EUR100% JHEP Guide for authors
Nuclear Physics B (NPB) focuses on the domain of high energy physics, quantum field theory, statistical systems, and mathematical physics, and includes four main sections: high energy physics - phenomenology, high energy physics - theory, high energy physics - experiment, and quantum field theory, statistical systems, and mathematical physics.
3.9292000 USD100%NPB Guide for authors
New Journal of Physics (NJP) is an Open Access journal and publishes across the whole of physics, encompassing pure, applied, theoretical and experimental research, as well as interdisciplinary topics where physics forms the central theme.3.5581200 GBP2.7%IOP Guide for authors
Physics Letters B (PLB) ensures the rapid publication of important new results in particle physics, nuclear physics and cosmology. Specialized editors are responsible for contributions in experimental nuclear physics, theoretical nuclear physics, experimental high-energy physics, theoretical high-energy physics, and astrophysics.
6.1311800 USD100%PLB Guide for authors
Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (PTEP) is an international Open Access journal that publishes articles on theoretical and experimental physics. PTEP is the successor to Progress of Theoretical Physics (PTP), which terminated in December 2012 and merged into PTEP in January 2013.2.4851000 GBP36.2%PTEP Guide for authors
*SCOAP3 supports in full journals mostly publishing High-Energy Physics content, and all articles in other journals which have been submitted by their authors to a High-Energy Physics category on Numbers show the fraction of HEP articles at the time of the SCOAP3 tender (2012).


Effective Costs per Article

The SCOAP3 tendering process conducted by CERN for the benefit of SCOAP3, resulted in agreed-upon Article Processing Charges (APCs) for journals participating in the first phase of SCOAP3 (2014-2016) and defined the corresponding maximum annual payment amounts.

Within the SCOAP3 model, these APCs are not paid by authors, but centrally by SCOAP3, from a common fund to which libraries, library consortia, research institutions and funding agencies jointly contribute. SCOAP3 articles are defined as either all articles appearing in journals mostly carrying High-Energy Physics content, or articles appearing in “broad band” journals which have been submitted by researchers to arXiv under one of the High-Energy Physics categories.

The maximum yearly payment by SCOAP3 for each journal for the first year of operation (2014) was based on the journal APC and the number of SCOAP3 articles published in 2011 (the latest year for which complete data were available at the time of tendering). The APCs themselves and the SCOAP3 budget envelope are fixed for the duration of the three-year contract period (2014 – 2016). In 2015 and 2016, the maximum yearly payment amounts consider a growth component of  between 8% for “large” journals and 50% for “small” journals, to account for the increasing number number of articles and the dynamics introduced by SCOAP3.

Taking into account these caps and the actual growth of the journals, the average effective cost per article for SCOAP3 is ca. 1,100 EUR. More details are given in a recent working paper.

To see the list of APCs for each journal, please refer to the journal list above.


Benefits for Authors

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Authors of High-Energy Physics articles publishing in journals participating in SCOAP3 benefit from:

  • immediate Open Access;
  • no direct cost;
  • no administrative burden;
  • automatic compliance with national and institutional Open Access mandates and policies;
  • retain copyright.

The submission process itself is not different to other journals and remains unchanged with the introduction of SCOAP3. Authors will not need to pay any fees to publish in a SCOAP3 journal. For journals which are not fully covered by SCOAP3, as they also publish material beyond High-Energy Physics, SCOAP3 usually covers only publications of preprints previously submitted to one of the High-Energy Physics categories in arXiv.It is always recommended to include your ORCiD in the entire process.

Additional information can be found on the “Guidelines for Authors” customary provided in the table above.