The Scholarly Communications and Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) has selected Mary Schlembach to serve as one of its four U.S. Representatives to the Governing Council. Schlembach is the Chemistry and Physical Sciences Librarian at the Chemistry Library.
SCOAP3 is hosted by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which is in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and is the site of the Large Hadron Collider and the discovery of the Higgs boson particle.
The concentration of SCOAP3 centers on open access mandates and elimination of financial obstacles for authors in high-energy physics (HEP), which facilitates free scientific discourse. Publishers, funding agencies, research centers, and intergovernmental organizations participate in the SCOAP3 partnership. The organization converts crucial journals in the HEP field to open access, supports existing open access HEP journals and the publication of books and monographs. This initiative is financially funded through participating institutions, whose article-processing charges are coordinated through CERN.
Schlembach has worked in support of the SCOAP3 initiative since 2008. More recently, she has served on the American Institute of Physics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers advisory boards.
The Physics Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ranked in the Top Ten programs in the United States. High-energy physicists at UIUC have contributed 940 articles to SCOAP3 to date.
The University Library would like to acknowledge this brilliant accomplishment by Mary Schlembach, and we look forward to the great work she will achieve as U.S. Representative to the SCOAP3 Governing Council.