Since 2014, the SCOAP3 Collaboration has enabled authors to publish their research free of charge in Advances in High Energy Physics. Today, they have announced that CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research — as ‘host organization’ of SCOAP3, has signed contracts with 11 leading commercial and society publishers to extend this large-scale Open Access initiative for a third three-year term, covering the years 2020-2022. With the conclusion of these formal contracts, SCOAP3 will continue supporting authors worldwide in publishing their research Open Access at no cost or other financial burdens.
The same 11 journals will participate in this three-year extension of the initiative, one of which being Advances in High Energy Physics. This journal — publishing results of theoretical and experimental research on the nature of, and interaction between, energy and matter — has published over 900 research articles funded by SCOAP3 since joining the collaboration at its inception in 2014, and will continue to publish many more in the coming years.
As Hindawi is a fully Open Access publisher, all articles published within Advances in High Energy Physics are immediately freely available to access, download, print, and read. By continuing to be a part of the SCOAP3 initiative, authors can enjoy the additional benefit of there being no fee to publish, providing the article is deposited in the arXiv preprint server before publication, with a high energy physics subject area as the primary category, either experiment (hep-ex), lattice (hep-lat), phenomenology (hep-ph), or theory (hep-th). In addition to this, as well as being accessible via the Hindawi website, articles are also available on the SCOAP3 Repository.
SCOAP3 is a partnership of 3,000 libraries, funding agencies, and research organizations from 43 countries and three intergovernmental organizations. In cooperation with leading scientific publishers and learned societies, SCOAP3 has supported the transition to Open Access of key journals in the field of high energy physics as of 2014 and has served as inspiration for several other Open Access initiatives around the world. During the almost six years of SCOAP3 operation, 20,000 scientists from more than 100 countries have benefited from the opportunity to publish more than 30,000 Open Access articles free of charge.
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