Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Revised FAQ on SCOAP3
SPARC (the Scholarly & Academic Resources Coalition) and ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) have published a revised FAQ on the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing) initiative. Led by CERN, SCOAP3 aims to bring the various international stakeholders in high energy physics (authors, funding agencies, publishers and libraries) into close consultation to redirect subscription expenditures to provide public access to the core peer-reviewed literature in an economically-sustainable way. Publishers have been invited to submit “bids” for their services, and libraries have been asked to submit “expressions of interest” in collaboration for this effort. So far, over 100 libraries, including Boston College Libraries, have taken this step, either directly or indirectly (via consortia).