CERN and Elsevier Announce Further Open Access Agreement

Amsterdam, Geneva, April 2, 2015

CERN and Elsevier have announced that articles published by CERN authors in Elsevier Physics journals that are not covered by the SCOAP3 Open Access initiative will be published open access.

Thanks to this agreement, CERN results in fields such as nuclear physics, instrumentation, astroparticle physics and scientific computing will appear as open access articles, with copyright retained by CERN and its authors, and reuse determined by Creative Commons CC-BY licenses. This allows CERN to progress further towards its stated target of 100% ‘gold’ open access for all of its physics results as of 2015.

This new agreement covers all articles with at least one author affiliated to CERN, published in 2015 and 2016 in the Elsevier journals: Nuclear Instruments and Methods A, Nuclear Physics A, Physics of the Dark Universe and SoftwareX. These conditions have also been retroactively extended to eligible articles that were published in 2014 in the same journals.

CERN and Elsevier, together with a consortium of thousands of libraries from all over the world, are already successfully cooperating in the SCOAP3 initiative, a separate agreement that has converted important scientific journals such as Elsevier’s Physics Letters Band Nuclear Physics Bto open access journals at no cost for any author worldwide.

Gigi Rolandi, Senior Physicist at CERN, and head of the CERN Scientific Information Policy Board commented, “This agreement is important for the CERN scientific community. After the successful transition of our high-energy physics results to open access, our scientists and collaborations are also now able to fully benefit from open access conditions, at no direct cost, for nuclear physics and astroparticle physics results and for our complementary research activity in instrumentation and scientific computing.”

Charon Duermeijer, Physics Publishing Director in Elsevier says, I am excited that our close working relationship over recent years has now resulted in further strengthening our ties. I am already looking forward to new connections!”


About CERN
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a Candidate for Accession. Serbia is an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Union, JINR and UNESCO have Observer Status.

CERN operates the global SCOAP3 partnership, a consortium of over 2500 libraries, research organizations and funding agencies in over 44 countries, which has converted to Open Access 10 journals in High-Energy Physics.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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