SPARC and ACRL release new SCOAP3 FAQ - More libraries commit to innovative new proposal with answers to key questions

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For immediate release
April 28, 2009

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McLennan, SPARC
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Kara Malenfant, ACRL
(312) 280-2510

kmalenfant [at] acrl [dot] org

SPARC and ACRL release new SCOAP3 FAQ
More libraries commit to innovative new proposal with answers to key questions

Washington, DC and Chicago, IL – April 28, 2009 – Key details about the SCOAP3 innovative proposal to change the dynamics of publishing in High-Energy Physics are highlighted in a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing, currently depends on expressions of interest from the U.S. library community before the experiment can move ahead. The proposal is currently supported by more than 100 U.S. libraries, by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and by libraries, consortia and funding agencies in 18 other countries.

Prepared in consultation with SCOAP3 and members of SPARC and ACRL, the FAQs aim to support U.S. libraries in evaluating their commitment to SCOAP3, and to clarify for all libraries details of the proposal and how the new model is intended to work. Issues addressed in the document include:

  • What is SCOAP3’s business model?
  • Why is it important for the library community to support the model?
  • What are some of the benefits it is hoped the model will achieve?
  • What can my library do to support SCOAP3?
  • What will be the relationship between arXiv and SCOAP3?
  • How can public universities legally participate in the project?
  • Which libraries & library consortia have committed to SCOAP3?

SPARC and ACRL both urge members to consider joining the SCOAP3 effort and issuing expressions of interest. Expressions of interest are not binding and do not entail at this point a commitment to pay.
Early review of the FAQs has already led several libraries to join.

To submit an Expression of Interest, visit


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. It is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.