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HEP Papers to be Open Access as of January 1
Following extensive discussions and a vote by the APS Board of Directors at its meeting in April, APS recently signed an agreement with CERN, which represents the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3), to publish high-energy physics (HEP) papers open access. APS leadership took this step in support of the high-energy physics community to offer researchers a convenient route to publish their HEP work open access in Physical Review journals. Starting January 1, 2018, HEP papers published in Physical Review Letters, Physical Review C, and Physical Review D will be open access, paid for centrally by SCOAP3. Library subscriptions will be modified accordingly. This arrangement will initially last for two years, up to the end of 2019.
Authors: Authors of HEP papers submitted to these journals will notice very little change in procedures.
Librarians: Because APS HEP articles will be open access, paid for by SCOAP3, all customer libraries will receive a commensurate reduction in subscription fees to offset this arrangement.
Readers: The biggest and most obvious change is that HEP papers published in APS journals will be available to anyone to read without any charge, through the appropriate Physical Review journal website.
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