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GWLA, the Great Western Library Alliance, has joined SCOAP3 on behalf of 18 of its members, with more expected to join in the near future.

Joni Blake, executive director of the GWLA said: ‘The member libraries of the Alliance are keenly interested in this project and what it would mean to the future of scholarly communication. Our greatest hope is that SCOAP3 proves not only to be a successful model for the HEP community, but is also scalable and expandable into other disciplines.

With GWLA, SCOAP3 now counts 44 partners in the USA: consortia, national laboratories and individual libraries. In total, SCOAP3 has received pledges for over four million Euros, 40 per cent of its budget envelope, from partners in 16 countries and one international organisation.