As of 1 January 2014, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] has become operational.
SCOAP3 contributes to the on-going evolution of the publication landscape by proposing a completely new approach for the high-energy and particle physics community. SCOAP3 is a new paradigm in scientific publication, relying on the redirection of funding from a large number of organisations and universities in order to cover publication expenses for open-access articles. Articles within SCOAP3 will be published under the permissive Creative Commons Attribution license [CC BY], and allow text- and data-mining applications.
Mainly due to CERN’s perseverance and financial support, and notwithstanding some last-minute drawbacks, this is the success of a several-year long consensus process, involving more than a thousand libraries.
SCOAP3 has been tailored with and for the high energy physics community, involving a number of well defined conditions. Nevertheless this project will be closely scrutinised by other research communities, funders, and publishers. Its success will certainly inspire new initiatives in the domain of scientific publications.
Read more on the SCOAP3 website.