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More high-energy physics journals opt for OA model

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The journal Europhysics Letters (EPL) has announced that it will offer the open-access publishing model, free of charge, to all authors submitting experimental and theoretical letters in the fields of 'Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields' and 'Nuclear Physics'.

EPL is published under the scientific policy and control of the European Physical Society by EDP Sciences, IOP Publishing and the Italian Physical Society (SIF) for a partnership of 17 European physical societies.

This follows the decision by Springer's European Physical Journal C to offer open access free of charges for all articles in experimental high-energy physics (HEP). Similarly, Elsevier's Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B will publish under the open-access model, without any author fees, the first articles describing the physics results of CERN's Large Hadron Collidor.

According to the HEP open-access consortium SCOAP3, these steps 'signify the engagement of publishers towards Open Access in HEP, which is the ultimate scope of the SCOAP3 initiative.' SCOAP3's target is universal and sustainable open access for all articles in the discipline without any direct financial burden for scientists nor additional costs for libraries.