SCOAP3 crosses the 2000 articles mark

Two thousand Open Access articles have been published with SCOAP3  funding since January 2014 in 10 journals from 11 publishers and  learned societies. These articles are released under a CC-BY license,  and openly accessible on publishers websites. In addition, articles  are also immediately available on the SCOAP3 repository at in several formats, including PDF/A and XML for  text-mining and other purposes. Scientists from over 80 countries have  freely published in SCOAP3 journals so far.

This large-scale Open Access operation is made possible by thousands  of libraries in 35 countries, in partnership with funding agencies and  research organisations. Publishers of subscriptions journals which  converted to SCOAP3 are refunding all of their customers worldwide.

Participating libraries redirect these funds to SCOAP3 to pay the  reduced Article Publication Charges arranged through its tendering  process. Thanks to SCOAP3, authors worldwide, pay no publication fees  to fully enjoy the advantages of “gold” Open Access, without modifying  their publishing practices.

Now in full operation, SCOAP3 demonstrates how a tripartite  collaboration between the library community, funding agencies and the  publishing industry can achieve a seamless transition to Open Access  for the global scientific community. SCOAP3 looks forward to  leveraging this success by building additional partnerships with  libraries worldwide which are currently benefiting from the work of  the consortium and share its vision to support the transition to Open  Access.

About SCOAP3

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle  Physics (SCOAP3) is operated at CERN in Switzerland and managed by an  international consortium of thousands of libraries in 35 countries that redirects funds previously used for subscriptions to instead  support Open Access. In 2014, over 4’000 articles in 10 journals from  11 publishers and learned societies will appear in the  repository, immediately upon publication. All articles are published  under a CC-BY license at no cost for any author, and can be freely  downloaded, further disseminated and fully reused.

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// Ulf Kronman

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