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Particle Physicists Converting Journals to Open Access

CERN and the international particle physics community, which previously brought us the Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson discovery, have launched an initiative to make their journal literature Open Access. ZSR will participate in this project, dubbed SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics. Under the plan, CERN has negotiated contracts with participating publishers such as Elsevier and Springer and will lead the operation of SCOAP3. Once the plan is fully implemented, subscription payments for certain physics journals will make the content fully and freely available online, while still compensating publishers for their value-added services. CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said, “It is gratifying to see how the model of international collaboration in particle physics has been applied to addressing the important societal issue of open access to scientific information.” For more information, please refer to the latest SCOAP3 FAQ.