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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Three more CERN experiments endorse gold OA

Two more CERN experiments have endorsed the Statement on Open Access Publishing first promulgated by CERN's ATLAS experiment on February 23, 2007.  The statement itself is short:

We...strongly encourage the usage of electronic publishing methods for [this experiment's] publications and support the principles of Open Access Publishing, which includes granting free access of our [our] publications to all. Furthermore, we encourage all [our] members to publish papers in easily accessible journals, following the principles of the Open Access Paradigm.

Here are the two new experiments to endorse it:

  • ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment
  • TOTEM (Total Cross Section, Elastic Scattering and Diffraction Dissociation at the LHC)

A third experiment has agreed to endorse gold OA in some form but is still working out the exact language:

  • LHCb (Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment)

(Thanks to Jens Vigen at CERN.)

Comment.  Recall that CERN's CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment endorsed the ATLAS OA statement earlier this month.  Hence, that makes four CERN experiments endorsing the ATLAS statement and five endorsing some form of gold OA.

Note, as I pointed out when the ATLAS board first issued its statement:

Some groups use the term "open access publishing" as a synonym for "open access".  But in this case...the authors are using the term carefully to refer to OA journals or gold OA.  CERN already has a green OA mandate, and the ATLAS experimenters know that it applies to them.  In this statement, they are going beyond it to show their support for gold OA.