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Cern signs read-and-publish deals with two more publishers

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Europe’s particle physics laboratory agrees deals with Elsevier and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, Cern, has signed ‘read-and-publish’ deals with two publishers—Elsevier and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers—covering both access to subscription content and fees for open-access publishing.

“The new read-and-publish agreements…mean the vast majority of Cern articles are now published open access, which ensures a smooth and transparent workflow for the authors,” Cern said in its announcement on 8 January.

Cern said it and Elsevier have had a “long, common history of open-access publishing”, but that its new deal with Elsevier was its first of that kind with the publisher and would span three years.

It said its deal with IEEE for 2021-23 was “of particular importance as it concerns engineering, a field in which open-access publications are not as prevalent as in high-energy physics”.

Cern has now agreed four such deals, after previously reaching deals with Springer Nature and the publishing arm of the Institute of Physics.

In December 2020, Cern said it would openly release data produced by experiments using its Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator (pictured)—another move meant to make its science more accessible.