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CERN-authored articles will be published OA in APS journals

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The American Physical Society (APS) and The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) are making open access all CERN-authored articles published in the APS journal collection.

Articles in APS' Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, and Physical Review C in 2015 and 2016 will be covered by this agreement. All physics results from CERN will benefit from this partnership, in theoretical physics and experimental physics, at the LHC accelerator as well as other experimental programmes.

‘CERN is a long-time supporter of APS journals, and is committed to open access. This collaboration is a very important step towards global open access for a global discipline,’ said CERN director general Rolf Heuer.

Although APS is not participating in the current cycle of SCOAP3, the global open access initiative in physics coordinated by CERN, this agreement is said to demonstrate both organisations’ commitment to open-access publishing.  

‘It was important to continue our discussions with CERN, while keeping in mind the financial stability of the APS publishing programme,’ explained Mac Beasley, 2014 APS president. ‘This is a fitting solution that advances physics.’

Thanks to this partnership, articles will be available free of charge under Creative Commons CC-BY licences.