SCOAP³: Open Access transformation in High Energy Physics

Second SCOAP³ Future Workshop in Hannover informs about current status and future developments at the Open Access Consortium SCOAP³

On 27 June 2019, the second SCOAP³ Future Workshop took place at the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology in Hannover. Under the title "Open Access in theoretical physics – memories of a scientist", keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Olaf Lechtenfeld, professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover since 1992, reviewed the development of scientific communication in the field of physics. With his many years of experience in the scientific world, which had taken him to the USA, among other places, he introduced the workshop participants to the need for free access to scientific results.

Review and outlook

As Operations Manager of SCOAP³ (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) and representative of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Alexander Kohls informed the participants about the international implementation of SCOAP³. He presented very clearly the challenges of the international consortium as well as the successes achieved so far. SCOAP³ was one of the first initiatives to enable the transformation of established journals into Open Access journals through joint global action. Kohls then gave an outlook on the current results of negotiations with publishers and on the forthcoming financing round for the years 2020-2022 (Phase 3).

The workshop focused on the implementation of Phase 3 at German university level. Based on the experiences gained in the previous phase 2 (2017-2019) with the change of the contribution assessment according to the number of publications of an institution, the participants discussed various models for the joint financing of SCOAP³-DH (German universities) and their sustainability.

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About SCOAP³

SCOAP³ stands for "Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics" and is an international consortium for the promotion of Open Access in the field of High Energy Physics (HEP). CERN has taken over the project management. As one of three contact points in Germany, the TIB, under the name SCOAP³-DH (Deutsche Hochschulen), is the contact point for German universities.