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Successful transition of High-Energy Physics publications into Gold OA – review of two years of SCOAP3

Alexander Kohls, Nina Karlstrøm

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7557/5.3678

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During its first two years of operation SCOAP3 funded some 8,000 articles via the transformation of ten existing High-Energy Physics journals into Gold Open Access at no costs for authors. SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics started in January 2014 after several years of preparation. The initiative is a collaboration of some 3,000 libraries, research institutions and funding agencies from 45 countries and IGOs and is hosted at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Alexander Kohls, the Operations Manager of SCOAP3 will present a review of the first two years of SCOAP3. The specific business model of the initiative ensures a central management of relations with the publishers, and efficient and easy to administer APC payment process and article compliance validation using a dedicated global repository. The presentation will show how SCOAP3 performed in terms of operational efforts, APCs and benefits for the scientific community. The compliance of publishers with policies will be analyzed and all aspects will be reviewed in context of comparable Open Access initiatives in Europe and its potential to expand into other fields. Nina Karlstrøm will add the view of a National Contact Point and present benefits and challenges for national organizations within the SCOAP3 network using her organization CRIStin as an example.

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