Open-access physics consortium gets award

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CERN/SCOAP3 has been presented with the fifth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications.

The international SCOAP3 consortium, which CERN was instrumental in setting up, is pushing for open access to high-energy physics research.

Rolf Heuer, CERN director general, said: 'I am honoured by this prize, which recognises our vision of scholarly communication. It is inspired by the same principles that our community has developed to tackle global scientific challenges: collaboration; consensus; innovation; openness; technology transfer and open access to knowledge'.