Repository Librarian, CERN

“Are you a skilled repository librarian, with a profound knowledge of scholarly communication, who likes to work in a dynamic environment to ensure open access to scientific results? Then you can apply your skills to improve the user experience by enriching the material made available to the community via platforms such as Inspire and the CERN Document Server (CDS). Our service helps 50,000 scientists, mainly within the field of high-energy physics, worldwide every day to find information across a million of scientific articles, seamlessly populate their scientific profile and explore connections between ideas through our graph of tens of million citations. CERN, Take part! …”

CERN and American Physical Society sign Open Access Agreement for SCOAP³ – Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)

“After lengthy negotiations, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and the American Physical Society (APS) have now signed an Open Access Agreement for SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics): from January 2018, all articles on high energy physics in the three leading APS journals “Physical Review C”, “Physical Review D” and “Physical Review Letters” will be published Gold Open Access, meaning that such articles will be freely accessible from the very first publication. In 2014 and 2015, APS articles accounted for around 44 per cent of all articles on high energy physics published throughout the world. As a result of the agreement concluded between CERN and APS, the number of articles on high energy physics will virtually double from 2018. This signifies a major success for the SCOAP³ project, which, as a result, includes almost 90 per cent of journal articles in the field of high energy physics.

Thanks to the agreement between CERN and APS, SCOAP³ now includes almost 90 per cent of journal articles in the field of high energy physics. With the involvement of 3,000 libraries and research institutions from 44 countries and the support of eight research promotion organisations, SCOAP³ is the biggest Open Access initiative in the world. Ever since the SCOAP³ repository was launched in 2014, 15,000 articles by around 20,000 academics from 100 countries have been made freely accessible for all to read. The publishing fees for SCOAP³ articles are paid out of a central fund, financed by the participating institutions, meaning that no costs are incurred by the authors themselves….”

SCOAP3 and APS: What You Need to Know

“The APS Board of Directors voted on April 23 to enter into an agreement with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to participate in the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3). Here’s what it means for you as a member, author, and researcher.”


“CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC have built the next-generation High Energy Physics (HEP) information system, INSPIRE. It combines the successful SPIRES database content, curated at DESY, Fermilab and SLAC, with the Invenio digital library technology developed at CERN. INSPIRE is run by a collaboration of CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP, and SLAC, and interacts closely with HEP publishers,, NASA-ADS, PDG, HEPDATA and other information resources.

INSPIRE represents a natural evolution of scholarly communication, built on successful community-based information systems, and provides a vision for information management in other fields of science….”

SCOAP3 journals double downloads – SCOAP3

“Elsevier announced that downloads to their two journals, Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B have doubled since they became Open Access at the start of SCOAP3 in January 2014. This increase is remarkable as SCOAP3 covers the most recent 3,500 articles in the journals, while most of the historic content of over 77,000 articles, is available to subscribers.

SpringerNature announced that since January 2014 they have observed a doubling of  downloads across their two learned-society journals participating in SCOAP3: European Physical Journal C and the Journal of High Energy Physics.”

Current situation

“A chronological overview of important Dutch open access and open science successes….”

Open Science Librarian: THOR

“The THOR project is financed by the European Commission H2020 program. It focuses on the Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research. It started in June 2015 and will run through November 2017. It is a cooperation of CERN, the British Library, ORCID, DateCite, Dryad, EMBL-EBI, PANGAEA, Australian National Data Service (ANDS), PLoS and Elsevier.

THOR builds on the DataCite and ORCID initiatives to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts (beyond articles: such as data and software) and attribute them to researchers through `persistent identifiers’. THOR project partners aim to support Open Science by facilitating, discovery and re-use of scientific artefacts, and deploy enhanced metrics to assess their impact. THOR partners design and deploy services both in general, across the ORCID and DataCite infrastructures, and in partnership with data repositories and emerging publishers’ solutions as well as concrete examples in High-Energy Physics (at CERN), Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Geosciences….

The successful candidate will join the team working on Open Science services for the High-Energy Physics community, including the CERN Open Data portal (link is external), INSPIRE (link is external) and HEPData (link is external). In collaboration with all THOR partners, the successful candidate will participate to the design and delivery of services to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts in the field (such as data, but also software) across several platforms through persistent identifiers, and attribute them uniquely to researchers by using the ORCID services. The successful candidate will collaborate with the entire international and multidisciplinary THOR team and contribute to R&D for interoperability solution across scientific communities….”

Tribute to Timbl (Tim Berners-Lee)

From Stevan Harnad’s tribute to Tim Berners-Lee: “Nor can we remind ourselves enough, that although, because of today’s absurd intellectual property and patent laws, Tim’s uniqueness might have been that he became the world’s richest man, he has instead opened his contribution to every one of us, and to all future generations, opening access to the web, world-wide, opening the door to open science, open data, open knowledge, on a scale for which the only analogy in human history is the advent of language itself.”