IOP Publishing signs contracts with CERN for three journals to join SCOAP3

5 Dec 2013Bristol, UK

IOP Publishing has today announced the signing of the contracts that confirm the participation of three of its partner journals in SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) for three years, commencing 1 January 2014.

The three journals are:

  • Chinese Physics C (CPC), published in partnership with the Chinese Physical Society, the Institute of High Energy Physics (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and the Institute of Modern Physics (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP), jointly owned and published in partnership with SISSA Medialab
  • New Journal of Physics (NJP), jointly owned by the Institute of Physics and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft

Under the terms of the SCOAP3 agreement, authors of qualifying high-energy physics articles in these journals will be able to publish on an open access basis without paying any fee. The article publishing charges (APCs) will be paid by CERN on behalf of the SCOAP3 consortium using funds redirected from library subscription budgets. For CPC and JCAP, IOP Publishing has worked with many librarians participating in the SCOAP3 consortium to reconcile the reductions in subscription and licence prices for its customers. NJP is already a fully gold open access publication and all its content is free to read.

Articles funded by SCOAP3 will be available open access in perpetuity, under a CC BY licence. This includes access for text and data mining.

Nicola Gulley, Editorial Director at IOP Publishing, said: “After many years of work, consultation and collaboration, we welcome the signature of these contracts with CERN. We are pleased to have been part of this process, working closely with CERN, our partner publishers, our library customers and the HEP community to make the SCOAP3 vision a reality.”

“International cooperation and dissemination of information have been enshrined in the CERN Convention for sixty years,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “I am proud that we have leveraged CERN’s convening power and made such an unprecedented open access initiative a reality. I am indebted to all those leaders in libraries, funding agencies and the publishing industry who have accompanied us on this path.”

Read the official SCOAP3 announcement.