The Study of Open Access Publishing (SOAPs) is a two-year project, funded by the European Commission under FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme
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This project runs from 1st March 2009 to 28th February 2011 and is co-ordinated by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
The SOAP consortium represents key stakeholders such as publishers (BioMed Central Ltd (BMC), Sage Publications Ltd (SAGE) UK and Springer Science+Business Media Deutschland GmbH (SSBM)), funding agencies (Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) UK), libraries (Max Planck
Digital Library of the Max Planck Society) and a broad spectrum of research disciplines.
It aims to study the new open access business models that have emerged as a result of the shift from print to digital documents and inform the European Commission and all stakeholders about the risks, opportunities and essential requirements for a smooth transition to open access publishing.


Open access: a concept that allows the results of publicly-funded research to be made available online without charge to the reader.




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