NTK becomes national contact point for CERN's SCOAP³ Open Access publishing initiative
CERN's SCOAP³ Open Access publishing initiative began on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in over 20 countries - including the Czech Republic, for which NTK is the national contact point - 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.
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 SCOAP.3
The objective of SCOAP³ is to grant unrestricted access to scientific articles appearing in scientific journals, which so far have only been available to scientists through certain university libraries, and generally unavailable to the wider public. Open dissemination of preliminary information, in the form of pre-peer-review articles known as pre-prints, has been the norm in High-Energy Physics and related disciplines for two decades. SCOAP³ sustainably extends this opportunity to high-quality peer-review service, making final version of articles available, within the Open Access tenets of free and unrestricted dissemination of science with intellectual property rights vested in the authors and wide re-use opportunities. In the SCOAP³ model, libraries and funding agencies pool resources currently used to subscribe to journals, in co-operation with publishers, and use them to support the peer-review system directly instead.