SPARC Europe gives CERN an award for open access

SPARC Europe has presented its 5th Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications to CERN for its comprehensive approach to open access, especially with regard to the SCOAP3 project – the Sponsoring Consortium for Open-Access Publishing. Salvatore Mele received the award on behalf of CERN during the LIBER annual conference in Aarhus.

SPARC Europe is an alliance of more than 100 European research libraries, library organizations and research institutions. It aims to provide a voice for the community and the support and tools it needs to bring positive changes to the system of scholarly communications.

The award to CERN recognizes that the organization has passed several milestones in its open-access-publication policy: in 2003 a policy document was issued to reinforce self-archiving by researchers; in 2004 CERN signed the Berlin Declaration; and in 2005 CERN's policy on open access was approved, requiring researchers to deposit a copy of their published articles in an open-access repository and encouraging them to publish in open-access journals. CERN launched the SCOAP3 project in 2007, which aims to aid open-access publishing in high-energy physics by re-directing subscription money.

UK honours for services to science

Brian Cox of Manchester University is to become an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to science, as announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for 2010. Cox, a particle physicist, most recently with the ATLAS collaboration, has become well known as a presenter of television and radio programmes about science.

Also named is Jerry Cowhig, the managing director of IOP Publishing, publishers of the CERN Courier , among other titles. Cowhig, who will be made member of the British Empire (MBE), has been managing director of IOP Publishing for 15 years, presiding over a major expansion of the firm's international activities. Like Cox, Cowhig is honoured for his services to science.

APS opens access to LHC articles

On 6 July, the American Physical Society (APS) and CERN announced that initial experimental results from the LHC published in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review will be made available open access and under a Creative Commons licence, for all interested parties to read and reuse. With this gesture, the APS and CERN "acknowledged the fundamental significance of the work being performed by these large international collaborations".

First to appear under this agreement is a paper from the CMS collaboration, with results on transverse-momentum and pseudorapidity distributions of charged hadrons in proton-proton collisions at 7 TeV centre-of-mass energy (Khachatryan et al. 2010). The results indicate an increase in the number of charged particles per unit pseudorapidity that exceeds the predictions of the commonly-used event simulation models.

Further reading

For the APS announcement, see V Khachatryan et al. (CMS collaboration) 2010 Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 022002.