July 20, 2012

SCOAP3 tendering process now complete

From SCOAP3's July 17 press release:

Acting for the benefit of SCOAP3, CERN conducted the tendering process and, on the basis of the bids submitted by publishers, has identified 12 journals from 7 publishers for participation in SCOAP3. This open and competitive procedure took into account the quality of the journals (as measured by Impact Factor), the quality of the services provided (as measured by re-use licenses and delivery formats), and the unit price for publishing each article.

Over 6'600 articles eligible for inclusion in SCOAP3 were published in these journals in 2011, comprising the vast majority of the high-quality peer-reviewed literature in the field of High Energy Physics.

Articles funded by SCOAP3 will be available Open Access in perpetuity, under a CC-BY license, while publishers will reduce their subscription fees accordingly. Detailed technical specifications are publicly available

Taking into account the projected SCOAP3 budget envelope of 10M EUR/year, publishers and journals to which a contract for Peer Review, Open Access and related publishing services may be awarded, include, in alphabetical order:

  • American Physical Society
  • Physical Review C
  • Physical Review D
  • Elsevier
  • Physics Letters B
  • Nuclear Physics B
  • Hindawi
  • Advances in High Energy Physics
  • Institute of Physics Publishing / Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Chinese Physics C
  • Institute of Physics Publishing/SISSA
  • Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • Institute of Physics Publishing/Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
  • New Journal of Physics
  • Jagellonian University
  • Acta Physica Polonica B
  • Oxford University Press/Physical Society of Japan
  • Progress of Theoretical Physics (To become PTEP)
  • Springer/Società Italiana di Fisica
  • European Physical Journal C
  • Springer/SISSA
  • Journal of High Energy Physics
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July 13, 2012

University of California Update on Discussions with Nature Publishing Group

From a February 13 letter issued by the U-CA Office of the President:

In 2010, a dispute arose between the University of California (UC) and the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) over a proposed increase in the fees that UC pays to license NPG journals. When this disagreement became public, each organization aired statements explaining its position. Following a face‐to‐face meeting in August of that year, UC and NPG subsequently issued a joint statement describing our intention to work together to address current licensing challenges and to explore new approaches for sustaining scholarly publishing.

Since that date, UC and NPG have held regular meetings, which have included representatives of NPG, the California Digital Library, the UC University Librarians, and UC Faculty from the Academic Senate and Administration. This document is intended to update UC Faculty and Librarians as well as the wider stakeholder community about the status of these discussions and to share our perspective on the current challenges facing libraries, authors, and publishers alike. It does not necessarily represent NPG's current or future positions, beyond a willingness to continue in good faith discussion of these issues through 2012.

The letter goes on to share points of agreement between UC and Nature, questions still under discussion, and the goals UC continues to pursue. It ends thus:

We recognize that scholarly communication is a complex system that cannot be transformed overnight. While our negotiations with NPG have not yet resulted in any specific proposals for change, they have been positive and productive. Although we have not yet reached agreement on a model that would allow us to add new NPG journal titles, UC and NPG have agreed to maintain their existing license while discussions continue. We look forward to exploring with all publishers, societies, funders and universities new models that we believe are vital to assure the future of scholarly communication.

It is signed by 4 library staff members and 3 faculty members.

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