Thanks to this agreement, CERN results in fields such as nuclear physics, instrumentation, astroparticle physics and scientific computing will appear as Open Access articles, with copyright retained by CERN and its authors, and reuse determined by Creative Commons CC-BY licenses. This allows CERN to progress further towards its stated target of 100% ‘gold’ Open Access for all of its physics results as of 2015.
This new agreement covers all articles with at least one author affiliated to CERN, published in 2015 and 2016 in the Elsevier journals: Nuclear Instruments and Methods A, Nuclear Physics A, Physics of the Dark Universe and SoftwareX. These conditions have also been retroactively extended to eligible articles that were published in 2014 in the same journals.
CERN and Elsevier, together with a consortium of thousands of libraries from all over the world, are already successfully cooperating in the SCOAP3 initiative, a separate agreement that has converted important scientific journals such as Elsevier’s Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B to Open Access at no cost for any author worldwide.