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SCOAP3 gets first Russian supporter

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The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), an intergovernmental scientific research organisation in Dubna, Russia, has joined SCOAP3. It is the first organisation in Russia to pledge financial support to the project to convert high-energy physics literature to open access.

SCOAP3 now has support in 24 countries. Hundreds of partners, including research institutions, funding agencies, library consortia and individual libraries, have collectively pledged over seven million Euros per annum to SCOAP3, which is now over 70 per cent of its projected budget envelope.

The SCOAP3 initiative is now getting closer to embarking on it next steps, the establishment of an international governing board and a call for tender to publishers in the field.