January 16, 2021

Open Access: SCOAP3 on Track to Meet Target Start Date, 3 APS Journals Leave Program

From the SCOAP3 Web Site:

SCOAP3 is on track to meet its target start date of January 1st, 2014.

At a recent meeting in May, the international SCOAP3 partnership reaffirmed its commitment to SCOAP3. The initiative, with the full support of CERN, is now ready to move to its next step: signing contracts with publishers and establishing the consortium.

In recent weeks, SCOAP3 partners and publishers have been working hard to make the large-scale conversion of High-Energy Physics subscription journals to Open Access a reality. Reductions to current subscriptions costs have been calculated, and for many libraries and countries the process is nearing completion

In a parallel development, APS has restructured its Open Access strategy, and, regrettably, Physical Review C and Physical Review D are no longer among the journals participating in SCOAP3.

In partnership with 11 publishers and learned societies, CERN and the SCOAP3 community of hundreds of libraries worldwide continue their ground-breaking journey. Together, this collaboration will provide Open Access to thousands of High-Energy Physics articles published in 10 journals. This will include the first-of-its-kind ‘flip’ to Open Access of 4 entire subscription journals.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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