APS Joins SCOAP3 Consortium

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and the American Physical Society (APS) have entered into an agreement through SCOAP3 to provide open access to high-energy physics articles published in APS journals. The partnership, which begins in January 2018, covers articles from Physical Review C, Physical Review D and Physical Review Letters, extending the number of SCOAP3 journals to 11.

“APS has long supported the principles of open access to the benefit of the scientific enterprise,” says Kate Kirby, APS CEO. “As a non-profit society publisher and the largest international publisher of high-energy physics content, APS has chosen to participate in the SCOAP3 initiative in support of this community.”

SCOAP3 is a global partnership comprising 3,000 libraries, funding agencies and research organizations from 44 countries and three intergovernmental organizations. All authors worldwide can publish in SCOAP3 journals at no direct cost, allowing for free and unrestricted exchange of scientific information within the global scientific community. Under the new agreement, SCOAP3 will now jointly cover around 90 percent of high-energy physics journal literature. The agreement coincided with the publication of the 15,000 SCOAP3 articles since the start of the initiative in 2014.

“Open access reflects values and goals that have been enshrined in CERN’s Convention for more than sixty years, such as the widest dissemination of scientific results, says Fabiola Gianotti, CERN’s director general. “We are very pleased that the APS is joining SCOAP3 and we look forward to welcoming more partners for the long-term success of this initiative.”