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UK Payment Management


SCOAP3 Phase 2 (2016-2019)

Phase 1 (see below) transitioned subscription content to Open Access.  Between 2014 and 2016  the majority of UK HEIs contributed to the aim of making the High Energy Physics (HEP) content open access and the initiative successful.  Now that the journals are Open Access, the contribution method used in Phase 1 no longer applies as there are no subcriptions to convert.

For the renewal of the initiative from January 2017, the total amount contributed by each country relates to its HEP authorship during 2014 and 2015 as shown in the SCOAP3 repository.  The UK country contribution of the total is 7.1% of the global amount.  For the UK continues to be two routes to fulfilling the UK's SCOAP3 contribution:

  • STFC continues to pay a share from central Research Council funds
  • UK HEIs whose authors have contributed to published articles in the SCOAP3 journals during 2014 and 2015 pay an amount commensurate to that output, based on a discounted APC rate.

In April 2016 UK HEIs with authors that had published in SCOAP3 journals between January 2014 and December 2015 were identified.  Jisc Collections reviewed the data and established the relevant amounts due by institutions.  An email was sent to the SCOAP3 closed mailing list on 31 March 2016 providing information about publishing output for institutions along with estimates of expected institutional SCOAP3 contributions to help with budget planning for 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

The final allocation for each year (2017, 2018 and 2019) relating to proportion of publishing in the SCOAP3 journals in 2014 and 2015 by institution is shown here.  HEIs were asked to confirm their commitment to contribute.


SCOAP3 Phase 1 (2014-2015)

In 2013, consultants Albert Prior and Tony Kidd worked with Jisc Collections, Publishers, SCOAP3 and UK libraries to establish the methodologies involved and the UK refunds (contributions) due, relating to Elsevier, IOPP and Springer subscriptions. Jisc Collections is grateful for their work on this initiative and the insights it has provided to he payment management involved in the transition from subscriptions to fully Open Access.

Towards the end of 2013 Jisc Collections contacted institutions concerning their contribution to SCOAP3 and provided more details about future invoicing dates.  Copies of the text for these letters are available below:

Letter 1 - institutions who provided figures to Jisc Collections;

Letter 2 - institutions that didn't complete the calculator;

Letter 3 - all other institutions


Last updated: April 2016