The SCOAP3 model relies on the group negotiating power of an international consortium of libraries, as SCOAP3 aims to convert to Open Access the vast majority of the literature of the field. This model creates for libraries the opportunity to:
The HEP discipline is uniquely positioned for a large-scale experiment of this type, due its strong tradition of international collaboration and leadership of Open Access through arXiv.
SCOAP3 offers a valuable opportunity for the library community to test and explore the viability of a new model for open-access publishing.
SCOAP3 is supported by close to 3,000 libraries, research institutes and funding agencies from 41 participating countries, as well as three Inter-Governmental Organisations.
Operated at CERN under the supervision of a global Governing Council and the guidance of an Executive Committee, the SCOAP3 partnership continues to grow, with 550 libraries in six countries having joined in the last six months, redirecting their subscription savings in support of Open Access.