Feeds

High-energy physics opens up

SCOAP3 trumpets win with journals

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Higgs boson isn’t the only win CERN can point to this year: the organization that runs the Large Hadron Collider has overcome a political challenge to match its physics: helping provide open access to the entire field of high-energy physics.

In a deal brokered by CERN and the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics – SCOAP3 – pretty much all of high-energy physics will go open access.

The deal represents a huge revision of the way peer-reviewed publication is funded. Instead of fronting up for high subscription fees, libraries will fund the per-article open access fees under a scale negotiated by SCOAP3. This will either reduce, or replace entirely, library subscriptions, while relieving the scientists of the need to front up with the publishing charge.

Physics is already the poster-child of open access publishing via Arxiv – which, however, concentrates on pre-press items that haven’t yet gone through the journals’ peer review processes.

It took six years of negotiation for SCOAP3 to strike the deal, according to Nature, including running the bidding process under which the fees were set.

SCOAP3 and CERN will continue negotiations with publishers that haven’t yet signed on. CERN’s Salvatore Mele told Nature he is hoping that the deal will serve as a model for other disciplines such as astronomy and astrophysics. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning
Lava-spitting Bárðarbunga prompts action from Met Office
NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away
Interplanetary admins will back up data and get to work
Major cyber attack hits Norwegian oil industry
Statoil, the gas giant behind the Scandie social miracle, targeted
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?