(5 December 2013, Geneva) CERN has announced that after intense preparations and consensus building, SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become open access at no cost for any author; everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.
Convened at CERN this is the largest scale global open access initiative ever built, involving an international collaboration of over one thousand libraries, library consortia and research organizations. SCOAP3 enjoys the support of funding agencies and has been established in co-operation with leading publishers.
SCOAP is the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
Eleven publishers of high quality international journals are participating in SCOAP3. Elsevier, IOP Publishing and Springer, together with their publishing partners, have been working with the network of SCOAP3 national contact points. Reductions in subscription fees for thousands of participating libraries worldwide have been arranged, making funds available for libraries to support SCOAP3.
Read the SCOAP announcement here: http://scoap3.org/news/news102.html
The CERN announcement is here: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2013/12/open-access-publishing-initiative-start-2014