Converting the Literature of a Scientific Field to Open Access Through Global Collaboration: the Experience of SCOAP3 in Particle Physics[v1] | Preprints

Kohls, A.; Mele, S. Converting the Literature of a Scientific Field to Open Access Through Global Collaboration: the Experience of SCOAP3 in Particle Physics. Preprints 2018

Abstract: Gigantic particle accelerators, incredibly complex detectors, an antimatter factory and the discovery of the Higgs boson – this is part of what makes CERN famous. Only a few know that CERN also hosts the world largest Open Access initiative: SCOAP3. The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) started operation in 2014 and has since supported the publication of 19,000 Open Access articles in the field of particle physics, at no direct cost, nor burden, for individual authors worldwide. SCOAP3 is made possible by a 3,000-institute strong partnership, where libraries re-direct funds previously used for subscriptions to ’flip’ articles to ’gold Open Access’. With its recent expansion, the initiative now covers about 90% of the journal literature of the field. This article describes the economic principles of SCOAP3, the collaborative approach of the partnership, and finally summarizes financial results after four years of successful operation.”

Springer to convert two journals in high energy physics to open access

“The SCOAP3 consortium (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics), which aims to convert journals in high energy physics to open access, has chosen two Springer journals to participate in the initiative. They are the Journal of High Energy Physics, published for the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA – Trieste, Italy), and the European Physical Journal C, published with Società Italiana di Fisica. The selection is the result of an open and transparent tender process run by CERN for the benefit of SCOAP3, in which journal quality, price and publishing services were taken into account….”

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.”

Nutzung von Zeitschriften verdoppelt sich dank Open Access

From Google’s English: “Under SCOAP³ from professional journals of high-energy physics research open access are provided. SCOAP³ or Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics is an international consortium that has published 13,400 articles Open Access in the first funding period (2014 to 2016). 60% of all downloads were based on two SpringerNature magazines [1], 28% of the downloads on two Elsevier magazines [2].

Both publishers have now announced that the number of downloads from these journals has doubled since they joined SCOAP³ on 01.01.2014….”

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….”