SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in
Particle Physics) FAQ
SCOAP3 stands for the “Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics”.
SCOAP3 has developed a model to achieve Gold Open Access to leading peer-reviewed journals in High-Energy Physics (HEP) while eliminating author fees.
Participating publishers have a contract with CERN that pays Article Processing Charges (APCs) for the publication services provided. The publishers then eliminate or reduce subscription costs to all subscribers. The funds previously used to pay the subscriptions are put into a common pool which is then used to cover the APC payments, so authors do not have to.
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Publishing in a SCOAP3 journal does not have any additional steps. When publishing in a SCOAP3 journal, there is no article processing charge (APC) required. After publication, you retain copyright of the article, meaning that you can post it wherever you like and reuse the content in whatever way you see fit.
To find publication instructions, please visit the individual publisher's website. This table includes links to each journal's publication guide.
No. Your ability to publish in a SCOAP3 journal is unrelated to your institutional affiliation. UVM Libraries subscription payment supports the work of all SCOAP3 journals and ensures that authors everywhere do not face APCs when publishing in these journals.
Authors retain their copyright, but allow others to access or use their work without consultation or fees under one of several standard Creative Commons licenses. Works licensed under a Creative Commons License must still be cited when used.
No. Some SCOAP3 journals may charge other types of fees - page fees, etc. - that are NOT covered by this agreement. This agreement covers APCs only. The APC is waived, but not the other types of fees if this is relevant to a journal.
No. While UVM Libraries support SCOAP3 through our subscriptions, the library has no impact on article acceptance.