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Friday, February 01, 2008

US physics advisory panel supports SCOAP3

The High Energy Physics Advisory Panel of the US Department of Energy strongly supports SCOAP3, a press release from CERN's SCOAP3 project, January 31, 2008.  Excerpt:

The High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. National Science Foundation on the conduct of experimental and theoretical high energy physics (HEP) research and accelerator R&D. On November 30th, HEPAP listened to two presentations on Open Access. An Open Access primer by Gene Sprouse, editor in chief of the American Physical Society, and a description of the SCOAP3 model by Salvatore Mele on behalf of the emerging SCOAP3 consortium.

In its summary letter, HEPAP expressed its strong support for SCOAP3, contingent upon its sustainability and reversibility.

Sustainability is a SCOAP3 pillar....

The SCOAP3 initiative will redirect funds which are today used for subscriptions to HEP journals into an explicit payment for the organization of the peer-review service and the other value that journals add to pre-prints. The SCOAP3 model will achieve Open Access out of funds that are already in use, today, to provide content to library users, rather than requiring new sources of funding. It is thus sustainable by construction....